Sorbus thibetica

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Sorbus thibetica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Sorbus
Subgenus: Aria
Species: S. thibetica
Binomial name
Sorbus thibetica
(Cardot) Hand.-Mazz.

Sorbus thibetica (Tibetan whitebeam) is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, native to south western China and the Himalayas. Growing to 20 m (66 ft) tall by 15 m (49 ft) broad, it is a substantial deciduous tree. Like other whitebeams, the undersides of the leaves are white, giving a dramatic effect when the wind blows through them.[1][2]

The more compact cultivar 'John Mitchell' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
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  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sorbus thibetica 'John Mitchell'". Retrieved 4 June 2013.