Sorbus domestica

Sorbus domestica
Sorbus domestica

Plant type


Common name
Sorbo comune, Sorbo domestico




  • Trees


  • D.Lgs 386/2003

    Leaf Persistance

  • Deciduous

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Origin: Southern Europe, Minor Asia, North Africa

Botanical characteristics: It is a deciduous tree with short trunk and spreading rounded crown. It has a rough, dark brown, fissured bark. Leaves are imparipinnate, up to 20 cm long, consisting of 15-21 strictly oblong, toothed, bright green leaflets. In autumn they turn yellow gold. In May it blooms white flowers in large corymbs up to 10 cm . The flowering is followed by small fruits, which are yellow and green tinged by red, up to 3 cm, edible and similar to pears or apples

Agronomic and environmental characteristics: It grows in broad-leaved forests, especially in Mediterranean climate. In northern Italy it is often introduced, naturalized and cultivated.

Use: It has been cultivated for a long time for the fruits, which are used as food products. It is used in parks and gardens as a single plant or in groups. It is used in parks and gardens as single plant or in groups. It is ideal for small gardens and wild gardens or woods. It is suitable for urban green areas, avenues, road embankments, river banks and industrial areas. It is suitable for reforestation of hilly and mountainous areas and for environmental clean-up. It is recommended in the areas of bird restocking for berry production.