Sorbus aria (Whitebeam)
Other Names: Common Whitebeam
Description: A deciduous, broadleaved and compact trees most often found in parks and gardens than in the wild these days. The leaves are oval and toothed and the flowers are white cream appear in clusters in May. The clusters of fruits are a vivid scarlet colour and appear in autumn.
Uses: Whitebeam timber is fine grained, hard and white. It is often used in wood turning and fine joinery such as the making of chairs, beams, cogs and wheels.
Conservation Value: The flowers are a source of pollen for insects and the berries are a good food source for birds. Its leaves are also a food source for several moth species.
Preferred Locations: The tree is quite tolerant of most soil types including chalk, limestone and acidic locations but does not do well in damp areas. Full sun to partial shade areas are ideal.
Size: Up to 15m and with a canopy spread in the region of 4 to 8m.
Time to reach full height: 20 to 50 years
Lifespan: 100 to 200 years