Sorbus intermedia

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeSorbusSorbus intermedia


This tree is frequently self-sown in copses and on waste ground. Generally lowland, but reaching 380 m near Alston (Cumberland).



World Distribution

Native of S. Sweden and the Baltic region.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 901

Life form information

Height (cm): 1000

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Mega-, meso- and microphanerophyte



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 686

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 17

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas Supp (34b)
Challice J, Kovanda M
1978.  Chemotaxonomic survey of the genus Sorbus in Europe. Naturwissenschaften. 65:111-112.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Liljefors A
1955.  Cytological studies in Sorbus. Acta Horti Bergiani. 17(4):47-113.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.