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Doward Whitebeam

Sorbus eminentiformis

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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, 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, 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:
10 metres tall
Towns, woodland.

White, 5 petals
Clusters of white flowers.
An orangish-red berry.
The leaves are rounded and slightly longer than wide. They are greenish-white beneath and evenly toothed. Similar to Round-leaved Whitebeam (Sorbus eminens) but the leaves taper more sharply at the stalk. Occurs in the Wye Valley.
Other Names:
Eminent Form Rowan.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Sorbus eminentiformis, also known as the "eminent form rowan," is a species of tree in the rose family. It is native to China, and is often cultivated for its ornamental qualities. The tree typically grows to around 30 feet tall, and has leaves that are lobed and toothed. The tree produces small white flowers in the spring, followed by clusters of red berries in the fall. The tree is hardy and adaptable, and can be grown in a variety of soil types and conditions. It is also tolerant of pollution, making it a good option for planting in urban areas.


Doward Whitebeam is a deciduous tree that belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae) and is part of the Sorbus genus. This tree is commonly known for its distinctive white-striped leaves and white or pink flowers that bloom in the spring. It is native to the United Kingdom and is typically found in woodlands, cliffs, and rocky outcroppings.

Physical Characteristics

Doward Whitebeam is a medium-sized tree that can reach up to 20 meters in height. It has a spreading, dome-shaped crown and a trunk that is covered in smooth, grey bark. The leaves are bright green and are simple, oval-shaped with serrated edges. The most distinctive feature of the Doward Whitebeam is its white stripes that run along the midrib and veins of the leaves, which are visible from both sides. In the spring, clusters of white or pink flowers appear and are followed by orange-red berries in the autumn.

Ecological Significance

Doward Whitebeam plays an important role in the ecosystem, providing food and habitat for a variety of wildlife. The tree’s leaves and fruit are a valuable source of food for birds, insects, and small mammals. Additionally, the tree provides nesting sites for birds and a host plant for butterfly larvae.

Cultivation and Conservation

Doward Whitebeam is relatively uncommon in cultivation and is often grown for its ornamental value. It is a hardy tree that is well-suited to temperate climates and prefers moist, well-drained soils. It can be propagated from seed or cuttings and is relatively slow-growing, taking several years to reach maturity.

Unfortunately, the population of Doward Whitebeam in the wild is declining due to a variety of factors, including habitat destruction and over-grazing by livestock. This species is considered rare and is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 in the United Kingdom. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and restore populations of this important tree species.

Doward Whitebeam (Sorbus eminentiformis) is a distinctive and valuable tree that deserves more attention and recognition. Its ecological significance, ornamental value, and rarity make it an important species to conserve and protect.

Uses of Doward Whitebeam

Doward Whitebeam has several uses beyond its ornamental value and ecological significance. The wood of this tree is hard, strong, and durable, making it suitable for a variety of uses. It was once used to make tool handles, agricultural implements, and household utensils. The wood has a fine grain and takes a good finish, making it suitable for woodturning and carving.

The fruit of the Doward Whitebeam is edible and has been used to make jelly, wine, and other preserves. The fruit is high in vitamin C and is said to have a tart, juicy flavor. In the past, the fruit was also used as a food source for livestock.

Cultural Significance

Doward Whitebeam has cultural significance in the United Kingdom and has been mentioned in folklore and legends. In some cultures, it is believed that the white stripes on the leaves of the tree are the result of the tears of a fairy queen who was mourning the loss of her husband. In others, it is believed that the tree has magical properties and can ward off evil spirits.

Doward Whitebeam is a unique and valuable tree that deserves recognition for its ornamental value, ecological significance, and cultural importance. With its distinctive white-striped leaves, delicate flowers, and juicy fruit, this tree is a true gem of the British countryside. It is our responsibility to protect and conserve this rare and valuable species so that future generations can enjoy its beauty and ecological benefits.

Care and Maintenance

Doward Whitebeam is a hardy tree that is relatively low maintenance and does well in a variety of soils. However, it does require proper care to thrive. Here are some tips for growing and caring for Doward Whitebeam:

  1. Proper planting: When planting Doward Whitebeam, it is important to choose a location with well-drained soil and good sun exposure. It is also important to plant the tree at the correct depth and to water it well after planting.

  2. Watering: Doward Whitebeam requires regular watering, especially during dry periods. However, it is important to avoid over-watering, which can lead to root rot.

  3. Pruning: Pruning is not necessary for Doward Whitebeam, but it may be beneficial to remove any damaged or diseased wood to promote healthy growth.

  4. Fertilizing: Doward Whitebeam benefits from occasional fertilization, especially during the growing season. A balanced, slow-release fertilizer is recommended.

  5. Pest and disease control: Doward Whitebeam is relatively disease-resistant but may be susceptible to pests such as scale insects and aphids. Regular inspections and prompt treatment are recommended to keep pests under control.

With proper care, Doward Whitebeam can be a beautiful and low-maintenance addition to any landscape. Whether grown for its ornamental value or for its ecological significance, this tree is a true gem that deserves a place in our gardens and woodlands.