Whitebeam (Sorbus aria)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 20-40 feet
Plant Spread: 15-30 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: grafting
Pollinators: Various insects


May Plants for Honey BeesMay Plants for Honey Bees
May 11, 2012

May is the month when late spring blooms are going strong and early summer blooms are getting ready to show off. The living is good for honey bees.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 2, 2012 10:51 AM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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Posted by NEILMUIR1 (London\Kent Border) on May 3, 2013 6:31 PM

A street tree!

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 13, 2019 10:58 AM

This European species is noted as growing naturally on the chalky soils of southern England near the sea, and it does tolerate seaside and tough urban conditions. Like the Korean Mountain-Ash, it has simple leaves and not the typical compound pinnate leaves of most Sorbus. The dull to shiny green, leathery leaves with a white tomentum hairiness below get about 2 to 5 inches long. The fall color is usually not real good like many European species of trees, being golden brown or reddish. The small white flowers are in 2 to 3 inch wide terminal corymb clusters in May. The fruit is a 1/2 inch in diameter pome of orange-red to scarlet ripening in September-October and persists some. I've never seen it in the USA.

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