Whitebeam (Sorbus aria)

Whitebeam (Sorbus aria) is a deciduous broadleaf tree that is compact and domed-shaped. Mature trees can grow to a height of 12m.

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Useful info about Whitebeam trees

Latin NameSorbus aria
TypeDeciduous (loses its leaves in winter)
HeightCan grow up to 12 m (39ft)
SpreadThe branches can spread out to 8 m (26ft)
Soil Types PreferredClay, Loam, Sand
Locations SuitableGardens, Parks
FlowersMay to June
FruitSeeds ripen from September to October


The common Whitebeam, also known as the "Chess Apple", is a compact tree with a rounded, upright shape.

In early spring the new leaves that burst from the buds have a fuzzy white covering, giving the tree the appearance of being in flower from a distance. These fine hairs remain on the bottom surface of the leaves.

The leaves are oval, with serrated edged and dark green and shiny on top.

Clusters of creamy, white flowers appear in late spring maturing by the end of summer into glossy green berries. These turn red in September and attract a variety of birds.


Whitebeam timber is fine-grained, hard and white. Traditional uses included wood-turning and fine joinery, including chairs, beams, cogs and wheels in machinery.


Any uses for trees or tree extracts, whether edible or medicinal, have not been tried or tested by EFORESTS.

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