Taxon: Sorbus aucuparia L.

Genus: Sorbus
Subgenus: Sorbus
Section: Sorbus
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae
Tribe: Maleae
Subtribe: Malinae
Nomen number: 310534
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:477. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 06-Jan-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 01-Feb-2012
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA)
Accessions: 40 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Eur Gard F)
  • Gene sources: ornamental features (fide Dict Gard; Eur Gard F)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Rep NCEPPC)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal Madeira Islands
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia ; Azerbaijan ; Russian Federation Dagestan; Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia Ciscaucasia
    • China: China Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Monggol, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi
    • Eastern Asia: Korea
    • Mongolia: Mongolia
    • Russian Far East: Russian Federation Amur, Kamchatka, Khabarovsk, Primorye
    • Siberia: Russian Federation Buryatia, Gorno-Altay, Tuva, Yakutia-Sakha, Altay, Krasnoyarsk, Chita, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Kurgan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Tyumen
    • Western Asia: Turkey
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Belarus ; Russian Federation Komi, Perm; Russian Federation-European part European part; Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria ; Belgium ; Czech Republic ; Germany ; Hungary ; Netherlands ; Poland ; Slovakia ; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: Denmark ; Finland ; Iceland ; Ireland ; Norway ; Sweden ; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania ; Bosnia and Herzegovina ; Bulgaria ; Croatia ; Greece ; Italy ; Macedonia ; Montenegro ; Romania ; Serbia ; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France ; Portugal ; Spain

  • Naturalized

  • Australasia

    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Northern America

    • Canada ; United States

  • Cultivated


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Check other web resources for Sorbus aucuparia L. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image