The Wild Service Tree is an English native tree, also found across much of Europe. It can perhaps be regarded as a primitive form of Sorbus, and shares many characteristics with the Whitebeams (Sorbus aria).
It flowers in late May - June, with dull white clusters of flowers.
The flowers are followed by brown fruits, somewhat larger and more elongated than those of modern Sorbus varieties, more like small dates. As with many Sorbus, the fruits can be cooked, but are not particularly palatable.
The leaves are large, resembling maple leaves. They are a shiny green over the summer, and take on yellowo / crimson hues in the autumn.
The tree was previously grown for the qualities of its dense wood.