from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A former genus of rosaceous trees, now included in Pyrus. See
Pyrus, also sorband service-tree.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a genus of shrubs or trees of the family Rosaceae having feathery leaves
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The sorbus you see are members of the rosaceae or rose family - the most of which are susceptible to a disease known as fireblight.
Ness Gardens has a National Collection of sorbus (0151 353 0123).
These (like many sorbus) have an unfortunate meaty fragrance that flies adore.
www.avelandtrees.co.uk ; 01778 440715 collected seed from the existing sorbus and grew the progeny which are part of the tree mix.