Sorbus aria ‘Lutescens’

whitebeam

Outstanding Qualities

In springtime the new foliage of the whitebeam is seemingly effervescent. The leaves are swathed in a white, cottony covering that illuminates the garden. Indeed, Victorian poet George Meredith wrote “. . . Flashing as in gusts the sudden-lighted white beam. . .” The bountiful, tiny white flowers are borne in woolly clusters and develop into showy, bright red fruits. Fall color is yellow to russet.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, red, orange

Great Color Partners: silver, dark green, variegated

Culture Notes

This mountain ash prefers a location with full sun or light shade. It will grow best in rich well-drained to sandy soil. Once established it only needs an occasional watering during dry weather. Little pruning is needed to maintain its form, only remove any dead, broken or poorly formed limbs. In very wet and cool springs, fireblight can attack this tree. Prune our infected limbs in summer when it is dry and warm.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: columnar tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering