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Catacol Whitebeam

Sorbus psuedomeinichii

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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, 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, 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
Mountains, woodland.

White, 5 petals
White flowers, appearing in clusters.
The fruit is a berry.
Pinnate leaves, similar to those of Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparis), a.k.a. The Rowan tree.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

Other Information


Sorbus pseudomeinichii is a species of whitebeam tree in the rose family. It is native to the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain. The tree can grow up to 20 feet tall and is known for its white flowers and red berries. It is considered a rare species and is protected in some areas.


Catacol Whitebeam, also known as Sorbus pseudomeinichii, is a rare species of tree that belongs to the rose family. It is native to the Isle of Arran in Scotland, and is considered to be one of the rarest trees in the world.

The Catacol Whitebeam is a small tree that grows to about 8-10 meters tall. It has distinctive white-grey bark and elliptical leaves that are dark green on the top and pale green on the bottom. In the autumn, the tree produces small, white flowers that turn into red berries.

Despite its rarity, the Catacol Whitebeam is a hardy species that can adapt to a variety of growing conditions. It prefers damp, shady areas, but can also tolerate full sun and drought conditions. The tree is also highly resistant to pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance option for gardens and landscapes.

One of the most interesting features of the Catacol Whitebeam is its unique genetic makeup. Unlike other trees, the Catacol Whitebeam has a complex genetic structure that makes it highly resistant to changes in its environment. This genetic diversity allows the tree to adapt to a variety of conditions and ensures its survival in the face of environmental threats such as climate change.

In addition to its ecological importance, the Catacol Whitebeam is also culturally significant. The tree has been revered for centuries by the people of Scotland, and is considered to be a symbol of the country's natural heritage.

The Catacol Whitebeam is a rare and remarkable species of tree that deserves recognition and protection. Its unique genetic structure and cultural significance make it a valuable part of the world's botanical heritage, and a reminder of the importance of preserving our natural resources.

The Catacol Whitebeam is not only a valuable species of tree, but also a valuable resource for scientific study. Scientists and botanists have been studying the tree to understand its unique genetic makeup and to learn more about the mechanisms that allow it to adapt to changing conditions.

In recent years, efforts have been made to conserve the Catacol Whitebeam and protect it from extinction. Conservationists and botanists have been working to propagate the tree and establish new populations in Scotland and other parts of the world. In addition, the Scottish government has designated the Isle of Arran, where the tree is native, as a National Nature Reserve, providing added protection to this rare species.

Another important aspect of conserving the Catacol Whitebeam is educating the public about the tree and its significance. By spreading awareness and knowledge about this unique species, conservationists hope to generate public support for their efforts to protect the tree and ensure its survival for future generations.

The Catacol Whitebeam is not just a rare and beautiful species of tree, but also a valuable resource for science and a symbol of Scotland's cultural heritage. By protecting this species and preserving its natural habitats, we can help ensure its survival for future generations to admire and study.

The Catacol Whitebeam is also an important source of food and shelter for wildlife. The tree's red berries provide an important source of food for birds and other wildlife, while its branches provide a safe haven for birds to nest. Additionally, the tree's leaves and branches provide cover for small mammals and insects, making it an important part of the ecosystem.

In addition to its ecological value, the Catacol Whitebeam also has cultural and historical significance. The tree has been a part of Scotland's cultural heritage for centuries and has been mentioned in folklore and legends. In fact, the tree is said to have played a role in the legendary battles between the Scots and the Vikings.

Despite its importance, the Catacol Whitebeam is facing a number of threats. The tree is vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation due to human activities such as urbanization, agriculture, and forestry. Additionally, climate change is also a threat, as it is causing changes in the tree's growing conditions and altering the composition of its habitat.

To protect the Catacol Whitebeam and ensure its survival, conservationists are working to restore and protect its natural habitats, as well as monitor its population and study its genetic structure. In addition, efforts are being made to propagate the tree and establish new populations in other parts of the world.

In conclusion, the Catacol Whitebeam is a valuable and fascinating species of tree that deserves our attention and protection. By preserving its natural habitats, monitoring its population, and educating the public about its significance, we can help ensure its survival for future generations to admire and study.