The trees at Keele
We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!
Swedish Whitebeam Sorbus intermedia
A long-established introduction from Sweden and the Baltic countries, much planted in parks, gardens and streets.
Whitebeams are a complex group of trees to identify. This species has the rounded leaf with the white felty underside of the Common Whitebeam S. aria and the divided leaf margin of the Rowan S. aucuparia.
The flowers are typical of the Rosaceae family being white and in an umbel-like group resembling a mass of Hawthorn flowers. The fruits are red with up to 20 in a bunch.
Location : there are a number of Whitebeams on campus but the only tree showing features of Swedish Whitebeam that we have found is by the track to the Observatory - compartment 61b, square O7.