2014 London Tree Week #4

Wet and overcast is not the best light in which to view Whitebeams but right up to the western end of Guilford Street, Sorbus arias draw attention with their predominance. Modest in size, pollution tolerant,  a light leaf litter and broadleaf shade, the Whitebeam is an undemanding tree making it ideal for the urban environs.whitebeam sorbus trees Guilford St,  Bloomsbury - text modeIt’s May and the white blossom is browning off but earlier in Spring, the flowers bring a touch of the countryside to Bloomsbury with an aroma akin to country lanes filled with cow parsley. Their soft hued leaves are now giving way to robust greens and later in the year these will be shed unceremoniously, leaving berry clusters for wildlife. sorbus Whitebeam trees, Guilford St, BloomsburyAn increasingly common sight on our urban streets  Sorbus aria are easily overlooked but it’s always worth stopping to take a second glance, even if only to try and identify the species.

Sorbus – Whitebeams


4 thoughts on “2014 London Tree Week #4

  1. I wonder what is driving the use of comparatively common native or near-native species? Money or conservation? I don’t really know whitebeams at all, but all these posts make me wish I had half as much garden again so that I could plant some native trees too. I ended up prioritizing fruit…

    1. Fruit should be prirority since it cut down on imports – not for urban trees though where pedestrians might be tempted to fruit pick – just think about the health and safety issues!!

  2. Laura yet another tree (or 5) I have in my garden that is doing better in London streets than on this wind swept island, I think Janet was wise to choose fruit trees, you are a font of knowledge on trees, thank you for sharing, Frances

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