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Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' Tree

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The silvery white, downy young foliage of this Whitebeam or Mountain Ash tree is striking in the spring and develops into corrugated, grey-green large, rounded leaves with pale undersides. Corymbs of white flowers appear in April-May and are followed by orange-red berries in the autumn that are popular with the birds.

Lutescens will grow in almost any position and will do especially well in alkaline, lime soils although acid soils needn’t be avoided. This attractive ornamental tree with an upswept, compact habit will tolerate pollution and exposed positions. Russet and gold autumn colour complements the vibrant berries. A very attractive small/medium sized tree to brighten up any space this Whitebeam tree will grow 6 x 3 metres in 20 years.

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AKA Sorbus Aria Lutescens, Whitebeam tree

  • Common name: Whitebeam tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 3 metres
  • Foliage: Young silvery spring leaves, maturing to grey-green in summer
  • Flowers: Corymbs of spring flowers followed by orange-red autumn berries
  • Soil: Suited to moist but free-draining sites in most soil types

Planting Advice for Sorbus aria Lutescens Trees

Pot grown Whitebeam trees can be planted at any time of year, whereas bare roots can be planted November-March. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting Whitebeam trees with a stake and tie kit. For single stakes, insert the stake at an angle to avoid penetrating the rootmass and knock it in until it is firm. Water generously around the base.

Aftercare Advice for Sorbus aria Lutescens Trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Sorbus aria Lutescens Trees

Whitebeam Lutescens trees require a strong framework to support their beautiful berries so it is good to encourage this by raising the crown in summer. Simply prune the lower branches and any crossing, damaged or diseased branches within the crown.

Hard pruning of Whitebeam trees can be carried out in the dormant season, from autumn to winter.

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We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

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Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Root type Size Form Price Quantity Qty
Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' Root type: Bare root Size: 100-150cm Form: Maiden Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' Price £45 (inc VAT)
Bare root 100-150cm Maiden £45 (inc VAT)
Ready by: 11th Dec 2023
Ready by: 11th Dec 2023
Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' Root type: 9L pot* Size: 100-150cm Form: Single stem tree Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' Price £50 (inc VAT)
9L pot* 100-150cm Single stem tree £50 (inc VAT)
Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' Form: Single stem tree Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot* Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' Price £55 (inc VAT) Was £60 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 150-200cm 10L pot* £55 (inc VAT) Was £60 (inc VAT)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)