Sorbus torminalis, also known as Wild Service Tree, is a large tree with a round, open crown that usually reaches approximately 15 m tall. The young twigs have contiguous hairs which it loses after the first winter. The old bark is shed, first in small rectangular plates and later in long, narrow strips. The leaves are glossy green and almost hairless on top, with a lighter, hairy underside. In autumn the leaf turns a lovely red to purplish red and white flowers with striking yellow anthers open in May. This is a strong tree that grows in all nutrient-rich and moist soils but also tolerates drier soils.