Keele University Arboretum
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Whitebeam Sorbus aria
A European deciduous tree with many cultivars in gardens. Typically compact and domed, with few upswept branches and almost-white underside of the leaves. It generally favours dry limestone and chalk soils. The cream-white flowers appear in May, are insect pollinated, and go on to produce scarlet berries, which are often eaten by birds.
At Keele : a row of 7 trees by the Chancellor's Building; Tags 3242 - 3248; Compartment 49a.