Common Whitebeam agg. - Sorbus aria agg.


The pictures shown are representative of the group. Medium sized tree to 25 metres. Leaves oval to elliptical, toothed, dull yellowish green above, densely white downy beneath. Flowers white, 10 to 15 mm in dense flattish heads. Berry scarlet when ripe.

Identification difficulty

Woods, and hedgerows, often planted.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History


UK Status

Found north to the Wye valley, but not common.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland but possibly increasing due to the nauralisation of planted specimens. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 13 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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