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Common Whitebeam Trees, Large

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Misc Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Fruiting Late Season
Type Native, Screening
Also Good Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering May

Sorbus aria (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £59.88Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£57.48Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£51.48
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Whitebeam - Standard needs...
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Sorbus Aria Standard Trees

The common Whitebeam, Sorbus aria, is a fairly compact, native tree that keeps a nice rounded, upright shape without any attention, spreading a little (as we all do) when they get older. In early spring the new leaves that burst from the buds have a fuzzy white tomentose covering, giving the tree the appearance of being in flower from a distance. These fine hairs remain on the bottom surface of the leaves, hence the name and this is a characteristic of the Whitebeam varieties in our range. The foliage is well structured and quite rigid, pointing upwards slightly to expose their undersides, creating a shifting silver lining as the leaves flutter in the breeze - "the sudden-lighted whitebeam", as the poet George Meredith described it.

Then flat, circular clusters of creamy white flowers appear in late spring maturing by the end of summer into glossy green berries. These flush red in September and attract a variety of garden birds. When the leaves are still green, the berries look very decorative against them and make a good addition to a flower arrangement.In autumn the foliage colours nicely and the berries provide continuing interest. Rounded off with grey, fissured bark with a reddish tinge on new growth Whitebeam is one the best all-rounders in the UK. In the wild, it is usually found on chalky sites where it is very drought resistant

Although there are historical records of hungry country folk eating the berries when semi-rotten, we really don't recommend it. A much more useful trait of the Whitebeam tree is its extremely hard wood, which was once the timber of choice for machines like watermills.

Browse our variety of large trees for your garden or view our full range of trees for sale.

Planting Common Whitebeam

Any site with drainage will do, but like all members of the Sorbus family, Common Whitebeam is happiest on chalky or other alkaline ground. They are fully hardy, happy on the coast and exposed windy sites - all round a very useful tree. Like most trees, it does establish faster on fertile soil, so it is always a good idea to mix in plenty of well-rotted manure and or compost when planting. A mature Whitebeam tree will reach about 15 metres, 50 feet and grows pretty fast, reaching its full height in 30-40 years.

Please watch our tree planting video for full planting instructions.

How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height. Most standards are between 2 - 3.5 metres tall, but this is just an average - all trees are different... These are the biggest size that you can order: but for mass plantings, you can also buy smaller, sapling Whitebeam trees.

  • Small Box

    Small box

    (Orders containing only seedlings or rooted cuttings)

    £7.20

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Standard box

    (Bareroots up to
    1.2m)

    £11.40

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Large box

    (Pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)

    £15.00

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (Bareroots &
    trees 1.2m+)

    £18.00

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £120 inc VAT

  • Pallets

    (Root balls, large pots,
    trees etc)

    £60.00

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £240 inc VAT


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

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