Sorbus aria Lutescens is a variety of the common Whitebeam, a small-medium sized tree native to Britain and Europe.
This is a very popular tree as it has few demands and can tolerate wind, heat, dry soils and alkaline. It requires little maintenance and this, combined with its uniform conical crown, make it an excellent suggestion for urban planting as well as park and garden settings. Sorbus aria Lutescens grows best on lime rich soils, and will thrive on chalk.
When the foliage emerges in spring, it is silvery with both sides of the leaves covered in small downy hairs and has a very striking presence. As it moves into summer, the elliptical leaves shed the hairs on the upper surface but maintainthe silver-white underside.
Clusters of scented white flowers are produced in May, followed by bunches of orange-red fruits, popular with the birds. The Autumn colour is yellow-brown and the leaves tend to be among the first to fall.
Name: Sorbus aria Lutescens
Common Name: Whitebeam
Height: approximately 10-12m
Demands: Tolerant of a range of conditions. Thrives on well drained chalk soils
Foliage: Elliptical, covered in fine silver hairs
Flower: Clusters of small white flowers in May
Fruit: Orange-red berries follow the flowers, ripening in autumn. Popular with wildlife
FACT: This variety of Sorbus aria was introduced to Britain by a French nursery in the mid 19th century.
Sorbus aria Lutescens—a superb choice for urban planting
Whitebeam, 20-25-30cm girth standards, field grown
30-40cm standards in airpot container
The downy foliage in springtime
12-14-16cm girth Whitebeam trees
Autumn berries of Sorbus aria Lutesc
Clusters of white scented flowers in May