Lutescens Whitebeam, Large Trees

General Info RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Type Native, Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries, Foliage
Flowering May

Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
200/250 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £54.96Out of Stock£49.98Out of Stock£46.98
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £89.94Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£74.94Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£69.96
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £124.98Sold out for the season£104.40Sold out for the season£94.44
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Whitebeam, Lutescens - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

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  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


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  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19

Sorbus aria Lutescens: Bareroot Whitebeam Trees in Standard Sizes

Sorbus aria Lutescens is a hardy, native, medium-sized, deciduous Whitebeam tree that has a naturally upright and rounded canopy.

The young foliage has grey hairs: gorgeous in strong sunlight, shining like silver. These remain on the underside while the upper side matures through yellow (which distinguishes it from the species) to green by midsummer - sometimes the hairs stay on the leaf longer than normal, maintaining that lovely frosted appearance.
It produces panicles or flattened clusters of simple yellowy-white flowers in late spring, which become green berries that ripen into a shiny red by September and are much loved by birds.

It will reach a height of about 12-15 metres.

Browse our other Sorbus varieties, our large trees, or our full range of trees.

Delivery season: Whitebeam trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 12-15m
  • Soil: Any well drained soil, loves chalk
  • Use: Avenue, urban, parkland
  • Lovely silvery-grey young leaves
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Sorbus aria Lutescens

Any well drained soil: thrives best on chalk, but is also fine on sandy, mildly acidic soil. Suitable for large containers designed for trees. Full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of pollution but dislikes paving close to its base. Drought resistant, thrives on the coast and wind blasted sites.

Whitebeams are good avenue and driveway trees, where it's best to use one variety, but if you are going to plant several Sorbus aria in a group, mixing in some Lutescens will create a more varied, natural looking stand.

Did You Know?

Its timber is extremely hard and surprisingly light, it also has a lovely two-tone effect with reddish heartwood and white outer rings that look great when used in doors and table tops or when turned.

The cultivar name on its own, Lutescens, is a Latin word to do with swamps (lutum is mud, and lutēscō is to get muddy), but the word here is probably a grammatical "re-Latinisation" of the English word lutescent, from the Latin luteus, yellow, in reference to the upper side of the leaves in Spring.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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