Whitebeam trees

Whitebeams are part of the Sorbus family, and closely related to rowans. However whilst rowans usually have highly feathered leaves, whitebeams have regular-shaped leaves - often with attractive veins which are white on the undersides. Like rowans, whitebeams produce clusters of small flowers in late spring, followed by abundant (usually red) fruitlets. The main attraction is the orange and red colours of the autumn foliage, but whitebeams have a stately presence throughout the year.

Whitebeams are very easy to grow, and tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, including chalky soils and exposed situations.


  • Emiel has long leaves, with silvery-green undersides, turning orange in autumn.

    • Growth habit: Spreading
    • Fruit colour: Red
    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • An unusual species of Sorbus, the leaves are particularly attractive for their white undersides.

    • Growth habit: Upright
    • Fruit colour: Brown
    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • John Mitchell is a popular whitebeam, notable for its large white-green leaves.

    • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
    • Fruit colour: Brown
    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Lemon Drop is a small whitebeam tree, with the characteristic white undersides to its leaves. As the name suggests, the fruitlets are bright yellow.

    • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Best seller

    An excellent large garden tree, very hardy, easy to grow, and tolerant of a wide range of soils and conditions. Grey-green leaves turn russet in autumn, with orange berries.

    • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold