About This Plant

Sorbus aria, commonly known as the common whitebeam or simply whitebeam, is a species of deciduous tree native to various parts of Europe, including the United Kingdom. It is a member of the Sorbus genus in the Rosaceae family. These trees typically have a rounded canopy and can grow to a moderate height.

The Story


The leaves are oval-shaped, simple, and serrated along the edges. They have a distinctive silvery-white underside, which gives the tree its common name “silver” or “whitebeam.”


In the spring, they produce clusters of small, white flowers that are attractive to pollinators. These flowers are followed by the development of small, red or orange fruit in the autumn.
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