The seeds probably contain hydrogen cyanide. This is the ingredient that gives almonds their characteristic flavour. Unless the seed is very bitter it should be perfectly safe in reasonable quantities. In small quantities, hydrogen cyanide has been shown to stimulate respiration and improve digestion, it is also claimed to be of benefit in the treatment of cancer. In excess, however, it can cause respiratory failure and even death.
Fruit - raw or cooked
. A mild, though slightly bitter flavour with a mealy texture[K]. The fruit is up to 13mm across
and is produced in quite large clusters, making harvesting easier[K].
Resistant to maritime exposure, this tree can be used as a part of a shelterbelt planting
. If regularly trimmed it can be used as a dense deciduous hedge
There are no material uses listed for Sorbus intermedia.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Sorbus intermedia.
Canopy or Secondary canopy
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame
. If you have sufficient seed it can be sown in an outdoor seedbed
. Stored seed germinates better if given 2 weeks warm then 14 - 16 weeks cold stratification
, so sow it as early in the year as possible. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Seedlings are very slow to put on top-growth for their first year or two
, but they are busy building up a good root system. It is best to keep them in pots in a cold frame for their first winter and then plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring.
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Succeeds in most reasonably good well-drained soils in an open sunny position
. Tolerates very acid or alkaline soils
and light shade
, though it fruits better in a sunny position[K]. Suitable for very exposed sites, including maritime exposure
. Tolerates atmospheric pollution
Resistant to fireblight.
The trees usually have apomictic flowers. They thus produce seed asexually, each seedling being a clone of the parent.
The fruits are very attractive to birds
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Sorbus intermedia. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Sorbus intermedia.
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Material uses & Functions
- Strong wind
- Maritime exposure
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Native Geographical Range
Root Zone Tendancy
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