(20) Whitebeam

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  • Species
    • Whitebeam
  • Botanical Name
    • Sorbus aria
  • Location
    • St Mary's churchyard, Ridgeway gardens.
    • Grid Reference: TQ 14880 55570
    • Latitude, Longitude: 51.287691, -0.353994
    • What3Words: stacks.swan.pines
  • Identification
    • The underside of the leaf is densely covered in pale hairs. When the leaves flutter in the breeze the undersides catch the sunlight. White flowers bloom in May and are followed by oval red fruits which are popular with birds, especially Redwing and Fieldfare and even attract Waxwings.
  • About this species
    • Whitebeams grow on chalky soil. Planted trees, as here, are often cultivars.
  • Local information
    • If you are on Box Hill on a breezy day you can pick out the Whitebeams from a distance as the pale underside of the leaves are reflected by the sun.

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