Sorbus aucuparia L.
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad Tree

This European species is widely cultivated and occasionally escapes, the seeds dispersed by birds, to forests and swamps as well as disturbed sites nearer habitations. First collected in 1898 in Kent Co., though an 1876 collection from Shiawassee Co. may be from of a wild plant, but lacks an explicit statement to that effect.

The white-pubescent buds and leaflets ± soft-pubescent beneath make this easily recognized, even in vegetative condition. Doubtless more common in woodlots and fields than the collections suggest. A common cultivar has orange rather than red fruit.


Allegan County
Baraga County
Gogebic County
Houghton County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Mason County
Menominee County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ottawa County
Shiawassee County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. September 27, 2022.