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Round-leaved Whitebeam

Sorbus eminens

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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, Margaret's Whitebeam, 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, 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:
20 metres tall
Gardens, grassland, parks, scrub, woodland.

White, 5 petals
White flower clusters. Pink anthers.
Orange-red berries.
The leaves are rounded and slightly longer than wide. They are greenish-white beneath and evenly toothed.
Other Names:
Giant Whitebeam.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Sorbus eminens, also known as the giant whitebeam, is a species of tree native to the mountains of Scotland. It is a large tree, typically growing to around 30-35 meters in height. It has a broad, conical crown and a thick trunk. The leaves are oval in shape and are a glossy dark green, turning yellow in autumn. The small white flowers appear in clusters in late spring, followed by red berries in the autumn. It is a hardy tree and can grow in a variety of soils and climatic conditions. It is considered to be a rare and threatened species in the wild, but is often grown as an ornamental tree in gardens and parks.


Round-leaved Whitebeam (Sorbus eminens) is a deciduous tree native to the mountains of central and southern Europe. This tree is known for its distinct and attractive leaves, which are rounded and have a slightly toothed edge. The leaves are also a glossy dark green color, making them an eye-catching addition to any landscape.

In the spring, Round-leaved Whitebeam produces clusters of white flowers that are both fragrant and attractive to pollinators. These flowers give way to small, red berries that mature to a deep, glossy black. The berries are not only attractive to birds, but they are also edible for humans and are often used to make jams and jellies.

Round-leaved Whitebeam is a hardy tree that is able to thrive in a variety of soils and climates. It can grow in both full sun and partial shade, making it a versatile choice for many different landscapes. This tree is also drought tolerant, making it an ideal choice for areas with limited water resources.

The wood of Round-leaved Whitebeam is strong and durable, making it a popular choice for woodworkers and furniture makers. The wood is also resistant to rot and decay, making it ideal for use in outdoor structures like decks and fences.

Overall, Round-leaved Whitebeam is a beautiful and versatile tree that is well suited to a variety of landscapes. Its attractive leaves, fragrant flowers, and edible berries make it a great choice for anyone looking to add a touch of beauty and interest to their yard. Whether you are looking for a shade tree, a specimen plant, or a source of food, Round-leaved Whitebeam is an excellent choice.

Round-leaved Whitebeam is a slow-growing tree, reaching a height of about 10 to 20 meters at maturity. Its trunk is straight and slender, with a smooth gray bark that is often marked with small horizontal lines. As the tree ages, its bark becomes rough and deeply fissured, adding to its overall character and interest.

One of the unique characteristics of Round-leaved Whitebeam is its ability to hold its leaves late into the fall, often well after many other trees have shed their leaves. This, combined with its attractive bark, makes it a great choice for those looking to add interest to their yard in the colder months.

Round-leaved Whitebeam is not only a beautiful tree, but it is also an important food source for wildlife. Its berries are a valuable food source for many species of birds, and its leaves provide food and shelter for caterpillars and other insects. This makes Round-leaved Whitebeam an important component of the ecosystem and a valuable addition to any wildlife garden.

In addition to its ornamental and ecological value, Round-leaved Whitebeam is also a great choice for those looking for a tree that is low maintenance. This tree is resistant to many common pests and diseases, and it does not require any special care to thrive.

Round-leaved Whitebeam is a truly wonderful tree that has a lot to offer. Its attractive leaves, fragrant flowers, edible berries, and low maintenance requirements make it a great choice for anyone looking to add a touch of beauty and interest to their yard. Whether you are looking for a shade tree, a specimen plant, or a source of food, Round-leaved Whitebeam is a tree that is well worth considering.

Round-leaved Whitebeam is a valuable tree for urban areas, as it is able to tolerate air pollution and adapt to changing environmental conditions. It is also resistant to salt spray, making it a great choice for coastal areas.

In addition to its ornamental and ecological value, Round-leaved Whitebeam also has cultural and historical significance. In Europe, the tree is known for its medicinal properties, and its bark and berries have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. In some regions, the tree is also associated with folklore and mythology, and is considered to be a symbol of good luck and protection.

Round-leaved Whitebeam is a tree that is easy to grow and care for, and it is well suited to a variety of landscapes. Whether you are looking to add a touch of beauty and interest to your yard, or you are looking for a tree that is low maintenance and easy to care for, Round-leaved Whitebeam is a tree that is definitely worth considering.

In conclusion, Round-leaved Whitebeam is a truly remarkable tree that has a lot to offer. Its attractive leaves, fragrant flowers, edible berries, low maintenance requirements, and cultural and historical significance make it a tree that is truly deserving of its place in the landscape.

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