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.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a rounded crown and oval, dark green leaves with a white underside. It produces clusters of white flowers followed by red berries.


The Produce

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.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by red berries in autumn.


The Leaves

They have a distinctive silvery-white underside, which gives the tree its common name “silver” or “whitebeam.”


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in woodlands and gardens.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The berries are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and berries, as well as its timber. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Whitebeam is known for its striking foliage with white undersides, which shimmer in the wind.

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