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Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'
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whitebeam 'Lutescens'

'Lutescens' is a medium-sized deciduous tree, erect when young, spreading with age. Leaves to 10cm, broadly elliptic, silvery in spring, becoming grey-green. Creamy-white flowers followed by orange-red berries

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Size
Ultimate height
8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White White
Summer Green Grey Silver
Autumn Orange Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil. Tolerant of atmospheric pollution and dry conditions

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be attacked by aphids and blister mites

Diseases

May be affected by apple canker and fireblight

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