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Sharp-toothed Whitebeam

Sorbus x decipiens

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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, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, 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:
15 metres tall
Parks, roadsides, towns, woodland.

White, 5 petals
White flowers, appearing in clusters.
Orange berries.
As it's name implies, this species of Whitebeam has very sharp-toothed leaves. It has between 10 and 13 leaf veins. The base of the leaves are roundish. It is found in the Avon Gorge, plus on a few other scattered sites around the country.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Sorbus x decipiens is a hybrid species of tree in the rose family, and is a cross between Sorbus aria and Sorbus torminalis. The tree typically grows to around 20-30 feet tall, and has leaves that are lobed and toothed. The tree produces small white flowers in the spring, followed by clusters of red or orange 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. Like other Sorbus species, it is often cultivated for its ornamental qualities.


Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, also known as Sorbus x decipiens, is a unique and beautiful species of tree that is found primarily in the mountains of Europe. This tree is a hybrid between the Service tree (Sorbus domestica) and the Rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia), which is why it is also known as Sorbus x decipiens.

Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is a deciduous tree that grows to be about 10 to 15 meters tall. It has a rounded crown and a sturdy trunk, with a bark that is smooth and gray in color. The leaves of the Sharp-toothed Whitebeam are oval-shaped, with a pointed tip and serrated edges. They are a bright green color during the summer months, and turn yellow and orange in the fall.

One of the most notable features of the Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is its sharp-toothed leaves. This gives the tree a unique and striking appearance, and helps to distinguish it from other species of trees. The leaves also help to deter herbivores from eating the tree, as the sharp edges make it difficult for animals to bite into them.

In the spring, the Sharp-toothed Whitebeam produces clusters of small, white flowers that are very fragrant. These flowers are followed by bright red berries that are a favorite food of many bird species. The berries are also edible for humans, although they are quite sour.

Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is a slow-growing tree, but it is very hardy and can live for up to 100 years. It is also resistant to many pests and diseases, making it a great choice for gardens and landscapes. This tree is well-suited to cooler climates, and is often found in the mountains of Europe, particularly in the Alps and Pyrenees.

The Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is a beautiful and unique species of tree that is well worth considering for your landscape or garden. Its sharp-toothed leaves and stunning flowers and berries make it a standout choice, and its hardiness and resistance to pests and diseases make it a practical choice as well. Whether you live in a cool climate or just appreciate the beauty of unique trees, the Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is a great option to consider.

Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is not only a beautiful tree, but it is also valuable for wildlife. As mentioned before, its bright red berries are a favorite food of many bird species, including thrushes, finches, and waxwings. These berries provide important nourishment for these birds, especially during the winter months when food is scarce.

In addition to its berries, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Its leaves provide food and shelter for insects, which in turn provide food for other animals, such as birds and bats. The tree's branches and trunk also provide homes for small mammals, such as squirrels and chipmunks.

Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is also a valuable tree for ecosystem health. Like all trees, it helps to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and its leaves and roots help to hold soil in place, reducing erosion. The tree's deep root system also helps to conserve water and prevent drought.

Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is a beautiful, hardy, and valuable species of tree, and it is a great choice for gardens, landscapes, and natural areas. Whether you are looking to add beauty to your property, provide habitat for wildlife, or contribute to ecosystem health, the Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is a great option to consider.

Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is a unique and beautiful tree that is also valuable for wildlife and the environment. Its hardiness, resistance to pests and diseases, and valuable berries make it a great choice for gardens, landscapes, and natural areas. Whether you are looking for a beautiful addition to your property or a way to contribute to ecosystem health, the Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is a great option to consider.

Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is not only a beautiful and valuable tree, but it is also a rare and endangered species. Although it is commonly found in the mountains of Europe, its populations have been declining due to habitat loss, disease, and over-harvesting of its berries.

The decline of Sharp-toothed Whitebeam populations is a concern for several reasons. As mentioned before, this tree provides important habitat for wildlife and helps to maintain the health of ecosystems. It is also a unique and beautiful species that adds to the biodiversity of the areas where it is found.

To help protect Sharp-toothed Whitebeam and other endangered species, it is important to take steps to conserve their habitats. This includes protecting natural areas, planting trees in appropriate areas, and reducing human impact on the environment.

In addition to conserving Sharp-toothed Whitebeam habitats, it is also important to cultivate the tree in gardens and landscapes. This not only provides a way to admire its beauty, but it also helps to increase its populations and ensure its survival for future generations.

In conclusion, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam is a rare and endangered species that is valuable for its beauty, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem health. It is important to conserve its habitats and cultivate the tree in gardens and landscapes to ensure its survival for future generations. By taking these steps, we can help to protect this unique and beautiful species and maintain the health of the ecosystems where it is found.

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