A genus of ornamental deciduous trees or shrubs, all hardy in California, the genus comprising about thirty species. All have handsome foliage and many have showy bunches of red berries which remain long on the bushes, often until late in the Winter.

One species (Sorbus sambucifolia) is a native of California but is only found wild in the Sierras at an elevation of from five thousand to eight thousand feet.

There are several other species, including the Service tree (Sorbus domestica) and the Eastern (Sorbus Americana) all worthy of cultivation.

Propagate by seeds sown, in early Spring, one-eighth of an inch deep in the open ground.