Our choice of Trees
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Lime (Tillia) English Oak
Lime (Tillia) English Oak
Hornbeam Siver Birch
Hornbeam Siver Birch
Whitebeam
Whitebeam
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Ham Down Woodland
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Bere Marsh Farm
Shillingstone
Dorset DT11OQY
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Native Trees
Whitebeam


Whitebeam [Sorbus aria] will grow to 25m. It is a member of the Rosaceae family, in genus Sorbus subgenus Aria. It is a deciduous tree with simple or lobed leaves, arranged alternately. It is related to the rowan (Sorbus subgenus Sorbus).

The surface of the leaf is an unremarkable mid-green, but the underside is almost white (hence the name) transforming the appearance of the tree in strong winds, as noted by the poet Meredith: "flashing as in gusts the sudden-lighted whitebeam".

The berries are a favourite of birds, though less palatable (drier, less juicy) than rowan berries. Whitebeams are sometimes used as larval food plants by Lepidoptera species including Short-cloaked Moth.
This is a good windfirm tree for ornamental use or woodland edges on alkaline soils. It thrives best in full light. The optimum size reached depends entirely upon the prevailing environmental conditions.

The wood is hard, and suited for woodturning, furniture and tool handles, a tough wood that was used to make cogs before the use of iron. It is a deep orange when wet, and pale yellow after drying..
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