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Wye Whitebeam

Sorbus x tomentella

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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, 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, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Deciduous tree
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
10 metres tall

White, 5 petals
Clusters of white flowers.
Red berries develop after the flowers have appeared.
Variable in leaf shape. Generally is lobed and toothed. The leaves are stalked and pale on the undersides. The Wye Whitebeam is an extremely rare species.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

Other Information


Sorbus x tomentella is a hybrid species of whitebeam tree. It is a cross between Sorbus aria (whitebeam) and Sorbus hupehensis (Chinese whitebeam). The tree is known for its large clusters of white flowers, which appear in spring, and its glossy, dark green leaves. The leaves are hairy on the lower side. It is a hardy and tolerant tree that can grow in a range of soil types, it is also drought tolerant. It can reach up to 25 feet tall and is not commonly cultivated.


Wye Whitebeam: A Unique and Rare Tree

Wye Whitebeam (Sorbus x tomentella) is a unique and rare tree that is found in the Wye Valley of Wales, UK. It is a hybrid species that is believed to have originated from a cross between the Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and the Whitebeam (Sorbus aria). This tree is one of the few native trees to the Wye Valley and is known for its distinctive leaves and fruit.

One of the most striking features of the Wye Whitebeam is its leaves. The leaves are small, oval and have a serrated edge. They are covered in fine white hairs that give the tree a distinctive silver-grey appearance. The fruit of the tree is also unique and is a type of pome that is orange-red in color. The fruit is not only ornamental but is also edible, although it is not widely consumed due to its sour taste.

The Wye Whitebeam is a slow-growing tree that can reach a height of 10 meters. It is found in small isolated populations along the banks of the Wye River and is considered to be a rare and endangered species. Despite its rarity, the Wye Whitebeam is considered to be a hardy tree that is well adapted to the harsh conditions of the Wye Valley.

The Wye Whitebeam is a valuable tree for the conservation of biodiversity in the Wye Valley. It is an important food source for wildlife, including birds, who feed on the fruit, and insects, who feed on the nectar. The tree is also an important habitat for various species of fungi and mosses, which are associated with the tree’s roots.

The Wye Whitebeam is a unique and rare tree that is found in the Wye Valley of Wales, UK. With its distinctive leaves and fruit, it is an important tree for the conservation of biodiversity in the Wye Valley. If you have the opportunity to visit the Wye Valley, be sure to take a moment to appreciate this unique and fascinating tree.

In addition to its ecological importance, the Wye Whitebeam has cultural significance as well. This tree has been a part of the local folklore and history of the Wye Valley for centuries. It is believed to have been a sacred tree in ancient times and was often associated with the Celtic festival of Samhain. The tree was also believed to have medicinal properties, and the bark was used to make a tonic that was believed to cure various ailments.

The Wye Whitebeam is also an important tree for the local economy. The wood of the tree is highly prized for its unique appearance and durability. It is used to make various items such as furniture, flooring, and musical instruments. The Wye Whitebeam is also an important tree for the local tourism industry, as visitors come from all over the world to see this unique and rare species.

Despite its rarity and importance, the Wye Whitebeam is facing threats from various factors, including habitat loss, disease, and climate change. The Wye Valley is home to many other rare and endangered species, and it is important that we work to protect and conserve this important area. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and preserve the Wye Whitebeam and its habitat, and it is important that we continue to support these efforts to ensure the survival of this unique and valuable species.

The Wye Whitebeam is a unique and rare tree that is not only important for its ecological value, but also for its cultural and economic significance. It is a valuable part of the local history and heritage of the Wye Valley, and it is important that we work to protect and conserve this species for future generations to enjoy.

To help preserve the Wye Whitebeam and its habitat, there are several things that individuals can do. First and foremost, it is important to raise awareness about the importance of this species and the threats that it faces. This can be done by sharing information about the Wye Whitebeam with others, and by supporting conservation organizations that are working to protect this species.

Another important way to help protect the Wye Whitebeam is to support sustainable tourism in the Wye Valley. This can be done by choosing to visit the area in a responsible and sustainable way, and by supporting local businesses that are committed to environmental protection. Visitors can also help by being mindful of the impact that their activities have on the environment, and by respecting the habitat and wildlife of the Wye Valley.

It is also important to support research and conservation efforts aimed at protecting the Wye Whitebeam and its habitat. This can be done by contributing to conservation organizations and by supporting research projects aimed at understanding this species and the threats that it faces.

Finally, individuals can help protect the Wye Whitebeam by planting trees and supporting reforestation efforts in the Wye Valley. This can help to restore habitats and increase the population of this valuable species, and can also help to combat the impacts of climate change in the region.

In conclusion, there are many ways that individuals can help to protect the Wye Whitebeam and its habitat. By raising awareness, supporting sustainable tourism, supporting research and conservation efforts, and planting trees, we can all play a role in preserving this unique and valuable species for future generations.