Sorbus aria Lutescens

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

Lutescens is an excellent example of the Whitebeams, closely related to the Rowans but characterised by their more regularly shaped (non-pinnate) grey-green leaves.

The young branches also usually have white hairs, and the light undersides of the leaves add to the white effect.

Lutescens produces small white flowers in late spring followed by orange-red berries in autumn when the leaves also take on russet / gold hues. The berries are very popular with birds.

Lutescens has been popular for more than a century, and is widely planted as a street tree.

The species Sorbus aria is native to large parts of southern England - particularly the chalk downs - as well as western and central Europe.

Lutescens trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 18th December

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Lutescens tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£23.95
Out of stock
2-year Lutescens tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£47.95

Prices include VAT if applicable.


What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Sorbus Lutescens


We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

Lutescens is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, and is a particularly good choice if you have chalk / alkaline soil.

Lutescens characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit Attractive foliage
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Useful for: Open spaces Street / amenity Specimen planting
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Grey-green
  • Leaf colour - young: Grey-green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Asplenifolia
    Sorbus aucuparia
    Asplenifolia
    The Cut-leaf Rowan, an excellent form of the native Mountain Ash, orange-red berries, and highly feathered leaves.
  • See also Common Rowan
    Sorbus aucuparia
    Common Rowan
    The Rowan or Mountain Ash, native to most parts of the UK. The leaves turn golden red in autumn, accompanied by clusters of red berries. One of the largest species of Sorbus.
  • See also Glendoick Spire
    Sorbus aucuparia
    Glendoick Spire
    A small compact rowan with an upright form, notable for its bright pink fruitlets and feathered leaves.

How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree

We have a very wide range of Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.