Swedish Whitebeam - Sorbus intermedia


Medium sized tree to 15 metres, the leaves elliptical, pinnately lobed to halfway dark green above, pale yellowy green beneath. Flowers dull white in dense flattish heads. Berry scarlet when ripe.

Identification difficulty

Usually planted in Britain on roadside verges etc.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History

Deciduous - Most trees are probably mature examples of unrecorded planting.

UK Status

Widespread but scattered in Britain, probably mostly from planting.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland where most specimens are probably the result of unrecorded planting. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 6 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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