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No Parking Whitebeam

Sorbus admonitor

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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, 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:
9 metres tall

White, 5 petals
Clusters of white flowers are produced. The flowers have cream-coloured anthers.
The fruit are orange-red berries.
Broadly oval leaves, strongly lobed and greyish white beneath. Similar in appearance to Devon Whitebeam (Sorbus devoniensis) but the leaves of No Parking Whitebeam are glossier and more deeply lobed. No Parking Whitebeam was once thought to be the same species as Devon Whitebeam until it was discovered in 2009. It was first discovered adjacent to a lay-by near Watersmeet (Devon) with a 'No parking' sign attached to it. The tree was therefore christened with the unusual name 'No Parking Whitebeam'.
Other Names:
Chinese Whitebeam.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Sorbus admonitor, also known as the No Parking Whitebeam, is a species of whitebeam tree found in Devon, United Kingdom. It was initially classified as Sorbus admonitor, but has since been reclassified as Karpatiosorbus admonitor. This species is notable for its unusual name, which derives from a sign that was nailed to one of the trees. It is a small to medium-sized tree, growing up to 12 meters in height, with a dense, rounded crown. The bark is smooth and grey-brown in colour, while the leaves are glossy and dark green with a silvery-white underside. The flowers are small, white, and have five petals. The fruits are small, dark red berries with a sweet taste.


Sorbus Admonitor: A Guide to This Rare and Beautiful Tree

Sorbus admonitor, also known as the Chinese whitebeam, is a rare and beautiful tree that is native to China. This tree is not well-known, but it is becoming increasingly popular among horticulturists and gardeners due to its unique and striking appearance.

One of the most distinctive features of Sorbus admonitor is its leaves. They are large, oval-shaped, and have a glossy appearance. The leaves are green during the growing season, but they turn bright red in the fall, providing a stunning display of color. The tree also produces small white flowers in the spring, which are followed by small clusters of red berries in the summer.

In addition to its beautiful leaves and flowers, Sorbus admonitor is also prized for its hardiness. It is able to thrive in a variety of soils, including clay and sandy soils, and it is also resistant to pests and diseases. This makes it an ideal tree for gardeners who are looking for a low-maintenance addition to their landscape.

Sorbus admonitor is a slow-growing tree, which means that it will not become too large too quickly. This makes it an ideal choice for small gardens, or for use as a specimen tree in larger landscapes. The tree can grow up to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide, so it is important to give it enough space to grow.

If you are interested in growing Sorbus admonitor, it is best to purchase a young sapling from a reputable nursery. This will ensure that you are getting a healthy and vigorous tree that will grow well in your garden. Sorbus admonitor is a hardy tree, but it does prefer full sun, so be sure to plant it in an area that gets plenty of sunlight.

Sorbus admonitor is a rare and beautiful tree that is perfect for gardeners who are looking for a low-maintenance and hardy addition to their landscape. With its glossy leaves, beautiful flowers, and bright red fall color, Sorbus admonitor is sure to be a standout in any garden. So, if you are looking for a tree that is both beautiful and easy to care for, consider adding Sorbus admonitor to your collection.

Sorbus Admonitor in Landscape Design

Sorbus admonitor can be used in a variety of different landscape designs, making it a versatile addition to any garden. Here are a few ideas for incorporating Sorbus admonitor into your landscape design:

  1. Specimen Tree: Because of its unique and striking appearance, Sorbus admonitor makes a great specimen tree. Plant it in a prominent spot in your garden and let it take center stage.

  2. Mixed Border: Sorbus Admonitor can be planted in a mixed border along with other shrubs and trees to provide year-round interest. The bright red fall color and the small white flowers will complement other plants in the garden.

  3. Screening: Sorbus Admonitor can be used as a screening plant to provide privacy and to block unwanted views. The tree will grow to a height of 20 feet, making it an effective screen.

  4. Wildlife Garden: Sorbus Admonitor is a great choice for a wildlife garden, as the small red berries are a food source for birds. This will help to attract wildlife to your garden, adding to its overall appeal.

Caring for Sorbus Admonitor

Sorbus Admonitor is a low-maintenance tree, but there are a few things that you can do to ensure that it grows well. Here are a few tips for caring for Sorbus Admonitor:

  1. Watering: Sorbus Admonitor is drought-tolerant, but it does require regular watering during its first year of growth. Once it is established, it will be able to withstand dry spells.

  2. Fertilization: Sorbus Admonitor does not require much fertilization, but a slow-release fertilizer can be applied in the spring to promote healthy growth.

  3. Pruning: Sorbus Admonitor does not require much pruning, but it can be trimmed in the spring to maintain its shape and to control its size.

  4. Winter Protection: Sorbus Admonitor is hardy and can withstand cold temperatures, but it is best to protect it from harsh winter winds to prevent damage to its branches.

Sorbus Admonitor is a beautiful and hardy tree that is well worth considering for your landscape. With its unique appearance, versatility, and low-maintenance requirements, Sorbus Admonitor is sure to be a valuable addition to your garden for many years to come.