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Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

The Sorbus x thiringiaca ‘Fastigiata’ is a small-sized, deciduous tree, commonly known as Whitebeam. It’s a cultivar of Sorbus thiringiaca, which itself is a hybrid between Sorbus aria and Sorbus aucuparia.

Whitebeam stands out for its upright, narrowly lollypop shape, making it an excellent choice for formal situations, for example car parks, or modern urban buildings. The tree maintains its compact and tidy appearance as it matures.

The foliage of the Sorbus thiringiaca ‘Fastigiata’ are serrated leaflets that emerge a bright green in spring. They are white beneath like its parent Sorbus aria, but narrower and lobed at the base. In autumn, these transition to reds, oranges and burgundies.

In late spring to early summer, the tree produces clusters of creamy-white flowers, followed by small, ornamental, glossy red berries. The Whitebeam is adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, and is generally low-maintenance and tolerant of urban conditions. It’s upright growth habit, combined with its attractive foliage, make it a great choice for landscaping projects where space and aesthetic appeal are desired. A very good street tree.

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Size

Small

6m high x 3m wide after 25 years

Environment

A great street and carpark tree. Fantastic planted on its own, in rows for screening or in mixed plantings.

Canopy

Upright, narrow and lollypop shaped. It's crown is compact and tidy.

Foliage

Serrated leaflets that emerge a bright green in spring. These become reds, oranges and burgundies in autumn before falling in winter.

Bark

Brown-grey bark.

Flowers

Creamy white clusters of flowers in spring to early summer.

Fruit

Small red glossy berries.

Resilience

Does well in sandy and loamy soil and tolerates dry soil. Can withstand frost.

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