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Llanthony Whitebeam

Sorbus stenophylla

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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, 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:
15 metres tall
Cliffs, mountains, rocky places.

White, 5 petals
Clusters of white flowers.
The fruit is a red berry.
Broadly ovate leaves with toothed margins. The leaves are greyish-white beneath. The Llanthony Whitebeam is a very rare tree which grows on non-calcareous cliffs in south Wales (the Llanthony valley).
Other Names:
Llanthony Valley Whitebeam.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Sorbus stenophylla is a species of whitebeam tree that is native to parts of Europe, including the Pyrenees, the Alps, and the Apennines. It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree, growing up to 15 meters in height. The leaves are narrow and elongated, with a glossy green upper surface and a pale underside. The tree produces clusters of white flowers in the spring, followed by small red berries in the fall. It is considered a rare species and is protected under European law. It is found in mountainous areas and rocky outcrops, typically in high altitude regions.


Trees are not just beautiful and provide oxygen but they also play a vital role in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem. There are many different species of trees in the world, and some of them are rare and unique. In this blog, we will take a closer look at this species and learn about its characteristics, distribution, and why it is important.

Llanthony Whitebeam (Sorbus Llanthoniensis) is a species of whitebeam tree that is native to Wales. It is a deciduous tree that grows to a height of around 6-12 meters. The tree is named after the Llanthony Valley in Wales, where it was first discovered. The tree is known for its beautiful, shiny green leaves that turn a brilliant shade of red in autumn. The Llanthony Whitebeam is a slow-growing species, and its trunk is covered with a smooth, silver-grey bark.

Sorbus stenophylla, on the other hand, is a species of rowan tree that is native to the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. This species of rowan tree grows to a height of around 15-20 meters and has a trunk diameter of up to 60 cm. The tree is known for its narrow, needle-like leaves that are green in the summer and turn a brilliant shade of red in autumn. The tree is also known for its clusters of white flowers that bloom in the summer and are followed by clusters of red berries.

Both the Llanthony Whitebeam and Sorbus stenophylla is an important species and is both rare and unique. The Llanthony Whitebeam is considered to be one of the rarest species of whitebeam trees in the world and is only found in the Llanthony Valley in Wales. Sorbus stenophylla, on the other hand, is a unique species of rowan tree that is only found in the Himalayan region.

The Llanthony Whitebeam is a rare and beautiful species of trees that is important for its unique characteristics and ecological significance. It is crucial to protect and conserve this species, as they play a vital role in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem. By learning about this species, we can increase our understanding of the diversity of the tree world and the importance of preserving this rare and beautiful species.

In addition to its ecological significance, the Llanthony Whitebeam also has cultural and historical significance. The Llanthony Whitebeam, for instance, has a long history of use by the local communities in Wales. The wood from the tree has been used for a variety of purposes, including firewood, building material, and for making agricultural tools. The tree also has spiritual significance for the local communities, who believe that the tree has healing properties and is sacred.

Similarly, Sorbus stenophylla is also culturally significant in the Himalayan region. The berries from the tree are used as a food source, and the tree is also used in traditional medicine. The tree is also believed to have spiritual significance, and it is not uncommon to see the tree planted near temples and monasteries in the region.

In order to conserve and protect its species, it is important to raise awareness about its significance and to take steps to ensure its survival. This can include planting more of these trees, protecting its habitats, and promoting sustainable use of the tree's resources.

Moreover, it is also important to note that Llanthony Whitebeam is threatened by various factors such as habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation. In the case of Llanthony Whitebeam, the primary threat is the loss of its natural habitat due to the expansion of agricultural land and urbanization. The tree is also vulnerable to disease and pest outbreaks, which can cause significant damage to the population.

Similarly, Sorbus stenophylla is also facing threats from habitat loss, primarily due to the expansion of human settlements and deforestation. The tree is also vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as the Himalayan region is experiencing changes in temperature and precipitation patterns.

In order to conserve this species, it is important to implement effective conservation strategies that address these threats. This can include protecting and restoring their habitats, monitoring populations, and researching and developing disease and pest control measures. Additionally, it is important to work with local communities to promote sustainable use of the tree's resources and to raise awareness about the importance of conservation.

In conclusion, the Llanthony Whitebeam is a rare and beautiful species of trees that play an important role in the ecosystem and have cultural and historical significance. However, this species is facing various threats and it is important to take action to ensure their survival. By working together, we can protect this unique and important species for future generations to enjoy.