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Margaret's Whitebeam

Sorbus margaretae

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Deciduous tree
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
8 metres tall

White, 5 petals
Clusters of small white flowers.
Dark orange-red, globular fruits. Similar in appearance to Bloody Whitebeam (Sorbus vexans) but the fruit are darker and broader.
Broadly ovate leaves with evenly toothed margins. Silvery white on the undersides of the leaves.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Sorbus margaretae is a species of tree in the rose family, which is found in the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China. It is a small to medium-sized tree that typically grows to 20-25 ft (6-7.6 m) in height and is characterized by its pinnately compound leaves, white flowers, and red berries. The tree is named after Margaret M. Barwick, an American botanist and plant explorer who discovered it in the wild in the early 1980s. This species is relatively rare and is not widely cultivated. It is considered as an ornamental plant due to its attractive leaves and fruits.


Margaret's Whitebeam (Sorbus margaretae) is a species of flowering plant that belongs to the Rosaceae family. This species is known for its beautiful appearance, with white blooms appearing in the spring and red berries in the autumn. It is also named after Margaret Maclagan, the botanist who first discovered the species in Scotland.

Margaret's Whitebeam is native to Scotland and is found in the Western Isles and mainland Scotland, particularly in the Argyll and Bute region. The tree grows best in humid and cool areas with well-drained soils, and it can reach up to 10 meters in height. The species is deciduous, meaning it sheds its leaves in the autumn, and it is relatively slow-growing.

One of the most distinctive features of Margaret's Whitebeam is its leaves, which are dark green, glossy, and have a distinctive shape. The leaves are oval-shaped with a rounded base and a pointed tip, and they can grow up to 10 cm long. In the spring, the tree produces clusters of small white flowers that are sweetly scented and attract insects such as bees and butterflies.

The fruit of Margaret's Whitebeam is a red berry that is edible and has a sweet taste. The fruit is high in vitamin C and can be used in a variety of ways, including making jams, syrups, and pies. The fruit is also a valuable food source for birds and other wildlife, particularly during the winter months.

Margaret's Whitebeam is a relatively rare species, and it is considered to be an endangered plant in Scotland. This is due to habitat destruction and the introduction of non-native plant species that can compete with Margaret's Whitebeam for resources. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and preserve this species, including the planting of new trees and the protection of existing populations.

In conclusion, Margaret's Whitebeam is a unique and beautiful species of flowering plant that is an important part of Scotland's natural heritage. It is a valuable food source for wildlife and has a long history of use in traditional Scottish cuisine. If you are interested in supporting the conservation of this species, consider planting a Margaret's Whitebeam in your garden or supporting local conservation efforts.