A mature specimen of Sorbus aria Lutescens
A mature specimen of Sorbus aria Lutescens
Sorbus aria Lutescens on the Barcham Trees nursery
The silvery foliage of the new growth of Sorbus aria Lutescens
The berries of Sorbus aria Lutescens
Sorbus aria Lutescens showing some autumn colour on the Barcham Trees nursery
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Sorbus aria Lutescens


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This stunning whitebeam tree has foliage which emerges from purple shoots in the spring, soft and silvery-white.

As the seasons progress the leaves harden to become a more distinct grey on the underside and green on the surface.

The clusters of creamy white flowers appear in April and May, followed by bright orange-red fruit in the autumn time, when the leaves turn a golden brown before falling.

Sorbus aria Lutescens is one of the best Whitebeam trees available, it won the Award of Merit in 1952 and Award of Garden Merit in 2002; its delicately coloured spring foliage elevates this tree well above the other cultivars. At maturity this small tree retains a rounded and compact shape, requires little maintenance and will thrive on all soils, including chalky ones.

A wonderful choice of tree for planting as feature specimens in gardens, Sorbus aria lutescens trees offer an array of ornamental qualities that you can enjoy all year round.

The regular and compact shape of the crown also make it a good candidate for avenue planting and the silvery foliage is perfect for accentuating with up lighting.

If you live in an area prone to rabbits or deer then we recommend rabbit guards for these trees.

Mature height: 7-12m

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