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Whitebeam

Aria edulis

Also known as

Common Whitebeam, Beam Tree, Chess Apple, White Beam Tree

Weilburg - Tiergarten - Mehlbeere by SBT (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

8m

8m

Min

4m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Whitebeam

A close up of a green Aria edulis plant with white flowers
A Aria edulis tree with green leaves
A close up of some red berry fruits hanging on a Aria edulis tree branch
A photo of Whitebeam
A photo of Whitebeam

Whitebeam Overview

Aria edulis is considered the same species as Sorbus aria. Commonly known as Whitebeam or Common Whitebeam. It is a deciduous tree species from the Rosaceae family, originating from Europe. Growing to medium size, this plant produces oval leaves with felted white undersides and serrated edges, they display attractive autumn colouration. Flowers are borne in clusters, coloured white, appearing from spring and leading onto red berry fruits from summer-autumn. Not often seen growing wild, this tree is a popular choice for parks and gardens, the fruits are popular with birds. The bark is smooth and grey in colour, with grey-green stems which appear more reddish in the sun.

Common problems with Whitebeam

How to propagate Whitebeam

Cuttings

Budding

Grafting

Seed

Special features of Whitebeam

Attractive leaves

Attracts birds

Autumn colour

Hedge plant

Other uses of Whitebeam

Hedging, specimen. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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