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
. The fruit is usually bletted if it is going to be eaten raw
. This involves storing the fruit in a cool dry place until it is almost but not quite going rotten. At this stage the fruit has a delicious taste, somewhat like a luscious tropical fruit[K]. The fruit is about 1.2 - 3cm across
and is borne in bunches which makes harvesting easier[K].
Wood - moderately hard, close and even grained, seasons well
There are no medicinal uses listed for Sorbus lanata.
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 soils in an open sunny position
. Tolerates light shade
, though it fruits better in a sunny position[K].
This species grows best in S.W. England.
Plants are susceptible to fireblight.
Closely related to S. cuspidata
and to S. aria
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Sorbus lanata. 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 lanata.
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Material uses & Functions
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Native Geographical Range
Root Zone Tendancy
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