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John Mitchell

John Mitchell whitebeam leaves

John Mitchell is a popular whitebeam. It has particularly large leaves, with white-green undersides, a characteristic of whitebeams.

In autumn the leaves take on russet tones. The abundant fruitlets are also brown, somewhat resembling tiny apples - reflecting the distant relationship between Sorbus and Malus species.

John Mitchell whitebeam trees for sale

  • 1-year bare-root tree £23.95
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

John Mitchell is a hardy and vigorous whitebeam, fast-growing, and suitable for almost any situation.

History

The original John Mitchell tree is at the Westonbirt Arboreturm in Gloucestershire and was the arboretum's "Tree of the Month" in August 2016. It is usually considered to belong to the species Sorbus thibetica (the Tibetan Whitebeam) but is now believed to be a hybrid of Sorbus aria. It is named after the arbortum's first curator, John Mitchell.

John Mitchell characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive foliage
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthMayJune
  • Leaf colour - autumnMultiple tints
  • Leaf colour - summerGrey-green
  • Fruit colourBrown
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateFast
  • Site conditionsCoastal siteWindy site
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Fruit persistencePersistent

Similar varieties

  • See also Sorbus wardii
    Sorbus wardii
    Sorbus wardii
    A little-known Whitebeam from the Himalayas, featuring large silver-green leaves and yellow-orange berries.

How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree

We list more than 50 Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.