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Tree Project.

Sorbus Aria Lutescens- Whitebeam.

Whitebeam can be found naturally in most of Europe as well as parts of North Africa and the cooler parts of Asia. They have also been widely planted throughout the south of England where along with their close relatives, The Rowan and Service Tree, they are often grown in towns, parks and gardens. The relatively small size of Whitebeams makes them a popular choice to plant where space is limited. Whitebeam are however, fairly fast growing, deciduous trees, but they will only grow to some 15 metres, or so in 20 years. This compact tree is dome, or Mushroom shaped, as its branches do not reach skywards like some. The Leaves give rise to its name of Whitebeam because their underside is almost white. Rowans, to which the Whitebeam is related, have totally different shaped Leaves that are small and held in a row on the twigs whereas the leaves of the Whitebeam are of a normal, oval leaf shape and size.
Another point in the trees favour is that it is quite happy in dry conditions, although it does prefer limestone and chalk soils.
As with other members of its family it has hermaphrodite, creamy-white flowers that appear in May and when pollinated by insects, these are followed by red berries, that are again typical of its family members. Birds and other wildlife like to eat the ripe berries so that is another good reason to plant this tree. However, it is pestered by Aphids, Blister Mites, Caterpillars and Moths and is susceptible to apple canker and fire-blight.



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