Sorbus aria

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Sorbus aria
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Sorbus
Subgenus: Aria
Species: S. aria
Binomial name
Sorbus aria
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Distribution map

Aria nivea Host.

Sorbus aria (syn. Aria nivea), the whitebeam or common whitebeam,[1] 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.[2] Developed for garden use are the cultivars S. aria 'Lutescens',[3] with very whitish-green early leaves, and S. aria 'Majestica',[4] with large leaves. Both have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ The Reader's Digest Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Britain p.86.
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sorbus aria 'Majestica'". Retrieved 4 June 2013.