Native of North Africa, Crimea and the Caucasus also Europe and England (North to Cumbria).
This species favours London clay and certain limestone areas. Moving into England after the last ice-age this is a useful species for indicating primary woodland and ancient hedgerows. The tree has had a considerable social and economic role in the past, both the wood and fruit being used by settled communities. Wild Service tree charcoal has been identified in soil samples from Maiden Castle, the Iron Age hill fort South West of Dorchester. However, local chalk soil could suggest the wood was not of local provenance.
Purchased from Hilliers and planted on 17th December 1995 by Cliff Baker.