This species of tree, covers Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Service Tree. Specific details can be found in each product description.
Generally they are deciduous trees growing to 13 m (42ft 8in) at a medium rate. and being hardy to zone 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June, and the fruits/seeds ripen from Sept to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects, apomictic.The plant is self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife.
The fruit can be eaten 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. The fruit is up to 15mm across and is produced in bunches which makes harvesting easier.
Succeeds in most reasonably good soils in an open sunny position. Tolerates light shade, though it fruits better in a sunny position. At one time the fruits of this species were collected and sold in local markets in S.W. England.