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service tree

sorbus leaves berries brown

The name given to two species of Sorbus, native to Europe, both deciduous trees with white flowers in large, flat clusters. The true service tree (Sorbus domestica) has pinnate leaves with 6–10 pairs of toothed leaflets, and reddish-brown berries 2–3 cm/¾–1¼ in, edible when over-ripe. The wild service tree or chequerberry (Sorbus torminalis) has lobed leaves and brown berries 1–2 cm/0·4–0·8 in, used for preserves and drinks. (Family: Rosaceae.)

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