Sorbus aucuparia L.

Sp. Pl. 1: 477 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Trees to 15 m high; branchlets usually densely pubescent. Leaves alternate, pinnately compound, c. 15–20 cm long; leaflets 9–17, opposite, oblong, oblong-lanceolate or oblong-oblanceolate, c. 3–6 cm long, 1.5–2 cm wide, margins serrate, often only in distal half, dull green above, densely white-tomentose below; stipules deciduous or persistent. Inflorescence a terminal, many-flowered, corymbose panicle. Flowers 8–11 mm diam.; receptacle (hypanthium) densely pubescent; sepals persistent; petals (3–)4–5 mm long, white; styles 3 or 4, free. Pome globose to subglobose, 8–12 mm diam., initially yellow, turning bright red. Flowers spring–summer.

*VAlp. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe and Asia. Known in Victoria from a single population near Falls Creek Ski Village. Seeds of cultivated plants are apparently spread by birds, with new plants emerging in the surrounding alpine vegetation.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-12-11
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Sorbus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sorbus aucuparia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sorbus aucuparia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory