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Orange Whitebeam

Sorbus croceocarpa

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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, 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
Gardens, parks, scrub, towns, woodland.

White, 5 petals
Clusters of white flowers.
Globular, bright orange berries, covered in white lenticels (white scabs).
Roughly egg-shaped leaves, widest at the base.
Other Names:
Chinese Red-berried Mountain Ash, Orange-berried Whitebeam, Orange-fruited Whitebeam, Yellow-fruited Rowan.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Sorbus croceocarpa is a species of tree in the rose family. It is native to China and is known as "Chinese Red Berried Mountain Ash" or "Yellow-Fruited Rowan". The tree typically grows to around 20-30 feet tall, it has leaves that are lobed and toothed, and the bark is smooth and grayish-brown. The tree produces small white flowers in the spring, followed by clusters of orange to 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. It is considered a rare species and is often cultivated for its ornamental qualities.


Orange Whitebeam (Sorbus croceocarpa) is a deciduous tree species that belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae). This species is native to the Mediterranean region, particularly in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

One of the most striking features of the Orange Whitebeam is its vibrant orange-red autumn foliage, which provides a vibrant contrast against the sky. The leaves are oval in shape and have serrated edges. The tree also produces small white flowers in the spring, which are followed by small orange-red berries. These berries are attractive to birds and provide an important food source during the winter months.

The Orange Whitebeam is a slow-growing tree that can reach up to 10 meters in height. It is a relatively compact tree, making it a good choice for smaller gardens and landscapes. The tree prefers full sun and well-drained soil, and is drought tolerant once established. It is also a hardy tree, able to withstand temperatures as low as -20°C.

This tree is a valuable addition to any garden or landscape. Its bright autumn foliage and small, compact size make it an ideal choice for smaller gardens and landscapes, while its hardiness and ability to withstand tough conditions make it a good choice for more challenging environments.

The Orange Whitebeam is a beautiful, versatile and hardy tree species that is well worth considering for any gardener or landscaper. Its vibrant autumn foliage, attractive berries, and ability to grow in a range of conditions make it an excellent choice for a variety of garden and landscape styles.

Aside from its ornamental value, the Orange Whitebeam also has ecological benefits. Its berries provide food for a variety of bird species, and its dense branches provide shelter for wildlife. Additionally, the tree is a host plant for several species of moths and butterflies, making it an important component of local ecosystems.

In cultivation, Orange Whitebeam is relatively low-maintenance and disease-resistant. It can be propagated by seed or by taking cuttings from the tree in the summer. To maintain its shape and encourage healthy growth, the tree may need to be pruned annually.

One important consideration for growers is the potential for cross-breeding with other Sorbus species. To maintain the unique characteristics of Orange Whitebeam, it is important to plant only seed collected from pure-bred trees, or to choose propagated specimens that have been grown from cuttings.

In summary, Orange Whitebeam is a beautiful and versatile tree that offers a range of benefits to gardeners, landscapers, and the environment. With its attractive foliage, abundant berries, and hardiness, it is a valuable addition to any garden or landscape, and a species that deserves more recognition and cultivation.

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