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Sorbus aria

Sorbus aria (syn. Aria nivea), the Whitebeam or Common Whitebeam is a European and Near-Eastern deciduous tree, the type species of the subgenus of the Whitebeams. Typically compact and domed, with few upswept branches and almost-white underside of the leaves. It generally favours dry limestone and chalk soils. The hermaphrodite cream-white flowers appear in May, are insect pollinated, and go on to produce scarlet berries, which are often eaten by birds.[1] Developed for garden use are the cultivars S. aria 'Lutescens',[2] with very whitish-green early leaves, and S. aria 'Majestica',[3] with large leaves. Both have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ The Reader's Digest Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Britain p.86.
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sorbus aria 'Majestica'". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 


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