“Sorbus intermedia (Swedish whitebeam) is a stunning, medium size deciduous whitebeam tree that has distinctive lobed leaves, dark green in colour with white, felt-like hair on the underside.

The tree can grow up to 12 metres in height with a broad, dense canopy. Leaves are broadly oval, deeply-lobed and dark green, turning a yellow-orange hue in the autumn. Clusters of white flowers in spring are followed by red berries in autumn. The tree’s flowers provide nectar for insects and its fruits are consumed and dispersed by various birds. Due to the tree’s tolerance to air-pollution and its ornamental value, it is often planted along streets in urban areas. Alternatively, the tree is wind resistant and can withstand dry conditions and thus is suitable in exposed and coastal location.

Swedish whitebeam grows in a wide range of soil types, as long as they are rich and well-drained. Prefers full sun or partial shade.”