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Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Summer
White in Spring

Fruit

Orange and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

whitebeam 'Lutescens'

Family

Rosaceae


Sorbus can be deciduous trees or shrubs with simple or pinnate leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers, followed by white, yellow, pink, red or brown berries; some have fine autumn colour

'Lutescens' is a medium-sized deciduous tree, erect when young, spreading with age. Leaves to 10cm, broadly elliptic, silvery in spring, becoming grey-green. Creamy-white flowers followed by orange-red berries

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil. Tolerant of atmospheric pollution and dry conditions

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam, Sand, Clay or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or budding in summer or grafting in winter. Propagate by seed sown outdoors in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be attacked by aphids and blister mites

Diseases

May be affected by apple canker and fireblight