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Arran Whitebeam

Sorbus arranensis

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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, 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, 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:
6 metres tall
Riversides, waterside.

White, 5 petals
White clusters of hanging flowers. Individual flowers are a maximum of 1cm in diameter. Pink or cream-coloured anthers.
Red berries which are longer than broad. The berries hang together in clusters. Each berry is no larger than 1cm in diameter.
Green, pinnately lobed leaves, felted greyish beneath. The Arran Whitebeam is found only on the Isle of Arran, most of which can be found at Glen Catacol and Glen Doimhan.
Other Names:
Scottish Whitebeam.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

Other Information


Sorbus arranensis is a species of whitebeam tree that is native to the island of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland. It is a small tree, growing up to 6m tall, with white flowers and red berries. It is considered a rare species and is protected in some areas. The tree is also known for its glossy green leaves and attractive bark. It is considered as a valuable ornamental tree.


Arran Whitebeam (Sorbus arranensis) is a rare and unique species of tree that is native to the Isle of Arran in Scotland. This tree is part of the rose family and is known for its stunning white flowers and distinctive leaves that have a silver-grey appearance on the underside.

The Arran Whitebeam is a small to medium-sized tree that can reach a height of up to 15 meters. Its bark is rough and has a greyish-brown color, while its leaves are oval-shaped and can grow up to 8 centimeters in length. During the spring months, the tree produces clusters of white flowers that are followed by orange-red berries in the fall.

This tree is considered to be a rare and endangered species, as it is only found on the Isle of Arran and a few other small areas on the mainland of Scotland. The Arran Whitebeam is threatened by habitat loss and degradation, as well as the introduction of non-native species to its native range.

Despite its endangered status, conservation efforts are being made to protect and preserve the Arran Whitebeam. These efforts include the planting of new trees in protected areas and the control of invasive species that may compete with the tree for resources.

The Arran Whitebeam is a remarkable species of tree that is well worth protecting and preserving. Its beauty and uniqueness make it an important part of Scotland's natural heritage, and its conservation is essential for future generations to enjoy.

In addition to its beauty and rarity, the Arran Whitebeam is also an important part of the ecosystem on the Isle of Arran. It provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife, including birds and insects.

In the past, the wood of the Arran Whitebeam was also used for a variety of purposes, including construction and furniture-making. However, due to the tree's endangered status, it is no longer commercially harvested.

Arran Whitebeam is also of scientific interest. It is a hybrid species that is thought to have arisen from a cross between two other species of Sorbus, the Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and the Service Tree (Sorbus torminalis). The unique genetic makeup of the Arran Whitebeam has made it a valuable subject for research in plant genetics and evolution.

Overall, the Arran Whitebeam is a tree that is not only beautiful, but also ecologically and scientifically important. By continuing to protect and preserve this species, we can ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy its unique qualities for years to come.

The Arran Whitebeam is also a popular tree for landscaping and horticulture. Its white flowers, silvery leaves, and orange-red berries make it an attractive addition to any garden or park.

However, due to its rarity and endangered status, it is important to consider the origin of any Arran Whitebeam trees that are being purchased for planting. It is recommended to buy from a reputable source that can ensure that the trees are not wild-collected and that proper conservation measures are being taken.

In addition, it is important to be aware of the environmental conditions that the Arran Whitebeam requires for optimal growth. This tree prefers well-drained soils and partial to full sun exposure. It can also tolerate a variety of soil types, but it is important to make sure that the soil is not too alkaline.

Finally, it is important to be aware of the potential threats to the Arran Whitebeam and to take measures to protect it. This may include controlling the spread of invasive species, protecting its habitat from destruction, and monitoring populations to ensure that they remain stable.

In conclusion, the Arran Whitebeam is a unique and valuable species of tree that deserves our attention and protection. Whether you are a gardener, a conservationist, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, it is important to do what we can to ensure the survival of this amazing tree.

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