Common Whitebeam

Sorbus aria

Whitebeam is very often used as an urban tree because of its modest size and tolerance of pollution and sea winds. Whitebeam also produces attractive, white blossom and has relatively light leaf litter. Whitebeam fruits are very popular with birds, especially fieldfares and redwings.

The leaves of the whitebeam tree are alternate with a white felt of thick hairs on the underside making it instantly recognisable and admired.

Whitebeam can grow in wide range of soils, but prefers dry limestone and chalk soils. If grown well, Whitebeam will grow to around 50ft (15m).