Sorbus aria

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Sorbus aria
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Sorbus
Subgenus: Sorbus subg. Aria
S. aria
Binomial name
Sorbus aria
Sorbus aria range.svg
Distribution map

Aria nivea Host.

Sorbus aria (syn. Aria nivea), the whitebeam or common whitebeam,[2] 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.[3] Developed for garden use are the cultivars S. aria 'Lutescens',[4] with very whitish-green early leaves, and S. aria 'Majestica',[5] with large leaves. Both have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]

Foliage and fruit


  1. ^ Rivers, M.C.; Beech, E. (2017). "Sorbus aria". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T62861A112294405. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T62861A112294405.en.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  3. ^ The Reader's Digest Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Britain p.86.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'". Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sorbus aria 'Majestica'". Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  6. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 98. Retrieved 13 November 2018.