Sorbus thibetica

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

Sorbus thibetica (康藏花楸),[1] the 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.[2][3]

The more compact cultivar 'John Mitchell' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Sorbus thibetica". Flora of China. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  3. ^ "Sorbus thibetica Tibetan whitebeam PFAF Plant Database".
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sorbus thibetica 'John Mitchell'". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 98. Retrieved 14 November 2018.