Sorbus torminalis and Sorbus domestica – Wild Service Tree and Speierling

Wild service tree wood is rare and in great demand due to its quality and colour. The whitish-yellow to old rose-coloured wood is very fine-pored and medium-hard.

Wild service tree wood is rare and in great demand due to its quality and colour. The whitish-yellow to old rose-coloured wood is very fine-pored and medium-hard. We only use unsteamed service tree, as the wood becomes softer and loses its elasticity through steaming.

The wild service tree wood that we use today comes from trees that were almost 300 years old and stood in the Steigerwald until they had to be felled due to their age. More than 20 years ago, we planted several service trees on our property. It will probably be my children’s grandchildren or great-grandchildren who will make the decision when it is time to cut down one of the wild service trees we planted. Until then, they will give us countless hours of shade and plenty of serviceberry jam.

There she is, the “beautiful Else”. If you don’t know the tree and only see the leaves, you might mistake it for a maple. At the latest when you see the small brown fruits hanging together in umbels on the tree, you realise that it can’t be a maple.

For us, tree and wood radiate inner peace, serenity and concentration on inner strengths.

We are very pleased that the service tree can cope well with the current climate change and that every service tree grows and thrives year after year.


You can hardly buy Speierling wood in the specialised trade. It is the decades-long business and friendly connections that repeatedly give us the opportunity to acquire the Speierling wood that is so valuable to us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them.

Speierling wood is even harder, stronger and heavier than hornbeam wood. It can be mechanically sanded so wonderfully smooth – almost like stone. Ideally, the wood has long fibres and is therefore very elastic. These are the perfect properties for a wooden comb.

In former times, wood of the Speierling was used in shipbuilding. Built into the bow of a ship, the wood was supposed to break the waves.

In looms, wood of the Speierling was used instead of boxwood for particularly stressed parts.

In 2019, the woodpeckers we planted on our property have shown something very special for us. Two Speierling trees stand less than 50m apart from each other. The summer was hot and dry and it surprised me that one of the trees started losing its leaves already at the end of August, while the other Speierling tree was still very much holding on to its leaves.

I talked to a tree expert from the forestry in Erlangen about this and he explained to me that there are brave and cautious trees. The tree that lost its leaves so early was the brave one, which must have sprouted very early in the spring. He said: “this is how evolution works”. A special experience and insight for me. Many thanks for that.

Now – at the beginning of June 2021 – 2 of our oldest Speierlings are flowering and one – the cautious one – is still taking a few weeks with its flowers.

How beautiful it is to live in the midst of and with nature.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most beautiful tree in all the land? The Else or the Speierling?

For me, both have their own beauty

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