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Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' (Whitebeam)

Whitebeam 'Lutescens'


Luminous, Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' (Whitebeam) is a medium-sized deciduous tree of oval to broad-pyramidal habit with a ravishing foliage of broadly elliptic leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm), that emerge silvery in spring since densely covered in very short white hairs. The leaves remain gray-green throughout the summer, with bright white undersides and their effect is beautiful, especially on windy days when they are buffeted about. They warm up to yellow to russet in the fall. In late spring, a profusion of tiny white flowers held in flat-topped clusters are produced. They are quickly followed by abundant clusters of showy, bright orange-red berries that last well into winter. Attractive in form, elegant in flower, colorful in fruit and foliage, Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' stars in almost every season of the year.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 25-30 ft. in height (8-9 m) and 20-25 ft. in spread (6-8 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this tree is easily grown in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, chip budding in summer or grafting in winter.
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, blister beetles, scale insects, sawflies, silver leaf, honey fungus, fireblight.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Sorbus - Mountain Ash
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Small Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Sorbus - Mountain Ash
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Small Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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