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Sorbus aria 'Majestica' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Spring and Summer
Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

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 'Majestica'

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

'Majestica' is a medium-sized deciduous tree with broad elliptic leaves to 15cm in length, glossy dark green above, whitish beneath and turning yellow in autumn. Clusters of creamy-white flowers in late spring are followed by red berries 12mm in length

Synonym(s)

  • Sorbus aria 'Decaisneana'

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
  • Clay, Sand, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, budding in summer or grafting in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, blister beetles, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects and sawflies

Diseases

Susceptible to silver leaf, honey fungus, fireblight and a canker