Die Bodenkultur - Journal for Land Management, Food and Environment

V.-N. Nicolescu, E. Hochbichler, J. Coello Gomez, S. Ravagni and V. Giulietti:

Ecology and silviculture of wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis (L.) Crantz): A literature review


Wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis (L.) Crantz) is distributed across western, central and southern Europe as well as north-west of Africa and south-west of Asia. Its scarcity and very valuable timber, its value regarding soil and biodiversity protection, landscape values and ecological plasticity, make wild service tree interesting as a valuable broadleaved tree species for the present and future. Especially in the last four decades, most European countries became interested in wild service tree ecology and silviculture and many research findings have been published across our continent. This paper summarizes the most important books, papers and articles, published in German, French, English, Italian, Spanish, and Romanian and provides an overview of the most relevant recommendations for the best practise in wild service tree silviculture. Key words:  Wild service tree, natural range, ecology, growth, silviculture.