Whitebeam Sorbus aria 'Majestica'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
whitebeam 'Majestica'


The Sorbus aria 'Majestica', also known as the 'Majestic Whitebeam', is noted for its visual appeal throughout the seasons. This ornamental tree has a rounded and typically symmetrical canopy. The leaves are one of its most distinctive features, being broadly oval with a toothed edge and a somewhat lobed appearance. Young foliage usually emerges with a silvery-white hue due to a dense covering of soft hairs. As the leaves mature, they become a glossy, dark green on the top surface while retaining a lighter, silvery shade underneath, giving them a two-toned effect, especially when ruffled by the wind. In spring, the Majestic Whitebeam becomes even more striking with the appearance of its blossoms. The tree produces corymbs of white flowers that can be quite profuse, creating a noticeable contrast against the young, bright green leaves. These flowers are not only attractive but also attract pollinators such as bees. Following the flowering period, the tree develops small, round fruits that usually bear a reddish color, maturing to a deep, berry-like hue. The fruits are often popular with birds, adding to the tree's value for wildlife. Its bark adds to the textural interest, being smooth and silvery gray when the tree is young and gradually becoming more furrowed with age. The Majestic Whitebeam is appreciated not only for its aesthetic qualities but also for its hardiness and ability to thrive in various conditions, making it a versatile choice for different landscapes.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Whitebeam, Majestic Whitebeam

    • Common names

      Sorbus aria 'Majestica'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Whitebeam (Sorbus aria 'Majestica') is not typically toxic to humans. However, like many plant species, it may cause mild stomach upset if ingested in large quantities due to the presence of varying compounds that can be irritating to the digestive tract.

    • To pets

      The Whitebeam (Sorbus aria 'Majestica') is generally considered non-toxic to pets as well. If a pet ingests a large amount of the plant material, they might experience mild gastrointestinal upset, but significant toxicity is unlikely.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      15-20 feet [4.5-6 meters]

    • Spread

      15-20 feet [4.5-6 meters]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Sorbus aria 'Majestica', commonly known as the Whitebeam, features showy white flowers in spring and red berries in autumn, making it a visually attractive choice for gardens and landscapes.
    • Shade Provider: As a medium-sized deciduous tree, Whitebeam offers a pleasant shade during the warmer months, which can contribute to cooler surrounding environments and provide shelter for relaxation.
    • Wildlife Habitat: Its flowers provide nectar and pollen for pollinators such as bees, while the berries are a food source for birds and small mammals, thus supporting biodiversity.
    • Low Maintenance: Whitebeam is generally low maintenance, requiring minimal pruning and care once established, making it suited for both novice and experienced gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: The tree is relatively drought-tolerant once established, which is beneficial in areas with lower rainfall or for gardeners seeking to conserve water.
    • Adaptability: It is adaptable to various soil types and urban conditions, including pollution, making it a resilient choice for city and suburban plantings.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its spring flowers, summer foliage, autumn berries, and fall color, Whitebeam offers year-round interest, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the area it occupies.
    • Erosion Control: Whitebeam's root system can help stabilize the soil, making it an effective choice for sloped areas prone to erosion.
    • Windbreak: When planted in rows, these trees can act as windbreaks, reducing wind speed and providing shelter for other plants, wildlife, and outdoor areas.
    • Cultural Significance: In some cultures, Whitebeam trees have a heritage value and may be planted for their traditional significance or as part of heritage landscapes.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Sorbus aria 'Majestica', commonly known as Whitebeam, can be used in woodworking projects due to its hard and dense wood, which is suitable for making small wooden items like handles or tools.
    • The tree can serve as an ornamental element in landscape architecture, often planted in parks and gardens for its aesthetic appeal, particularly the silver underside of its leaves.
    • Whitebeam fruits can be used to make homemade wines and liqueurs, offering a unique tart flavor profile.
    • Its bark, having varied textures and colors, can be used in arts and crafts for creating naturalistic textures on sculptures and mixed-media art.
    • The tree's structural traits provide excellent support for climbing plants; gardeners may use Whitebeam as a living trellis for vines.
    • Leaves of the Whitebeam can be used in floral arrangements and wreaths, especially due to their contrasting colors, adding a silvery sheen to bouquets.
    • Whitebeam's dense canopy offers a natural shade solution in sunny landscapes, reducing the need for built structures like pergolas.
    • The dried wood of Whitebeam is valued for firewood, providing a slow-burning and high-heat output for fireplaces and wood stoves.
    • Its leaves can be used in the creation of natural dyes, producing a range of colors when processed and applied to textiles or paper.
    • Educational purposes: Whitebeam's distinct features, such as leaf shape and fruit, can be used for botanical studies and nature education programs.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Whitebeam is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Whitebeam is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Protection: The Sorbus aria, commonly known as Whitebeam, is often thought to symbolize protection because its dense foliage was believed to shelter and protect against negative forces.
    • Perseverance: Whitebeam trees are known for their resilience and ability to thrive in harsh conditions, symbolizing the ability to persevere through difficult times.
    • Purity: The bright white undersides of the leaves give the Whitebeam its name and have been associated with purity and clarity.
    • New Beginnings: As a tree that blooms with a fresh set of leaves and flowers each year, the Whitebeam represents new beginnings and the hope that comes with them.
    • Balance: Some cultures see the Whitebeam as a symbol of balance because of its symmetrical leaf pattern, suggesting a harmonious and balanced approach to life.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Whitebeam trees, being relatively drought-tolerant once established, require less frequent watering. Young trees should be watered deeply once a week during dry periods, without relying on rainfall. Mature trees, however, will only need supplemental watering during prolonged dry spells. It's best to provide about 2 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter every time you water. Ensure that the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot.

  • sunLight

    Whitebeam prefers a position where it can receive full sun to partial shade. The ideal location is one with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily, which ensures healthy growth and optimal leaf coloration. While it can tolerate some light shade, too much shade can lead to sparse foliage and reduced flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The ideal temperature range for Whitebeam is between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The tree can withstand winter lows down to around -20 degrees Fahrenheit and summer highs up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensuring that the tree is planted in an area that remains within these temperature boundaries will contribute to its robust health and growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Whitebeam is essential for maintaining its shape and removing any dead or diseased wood. The best time for pruning is in late winter or early spring, before the new growth starts. Pruning should be done sparingly, and ideally, only every 2 to 3 years to allow the tree to develop a strong structure.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Whitebeam ('Sorbus aria 'Majestica') thrives best in well-drained loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. A mix that combines equal parts of loam, peat, and sharp sand can provide the necessary drainage and nutrient balance.

  • plantRepotting

    Whitebeam ('Sorbus aria 'Majestica') trees are typically not repotted as they are outdoor trees. They should be planted in a permanent location where they can grow without the need for repotting.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Whitebeam ('Sorbus aria 'Majestica') trees are adaptable to a wide range of humidity levels and do not require specific humidity conditions when grown outdoors in their preferred environment.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Whitebeam requires a large space with ample light; not ideal for indoor growth.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, full sun to part shade, and shelter from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-6 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Whitebeam (Sorbus aria 'Majestica') starts its life cycle as a seed, which after stratification during the cold season, germinates in the spring. The seedling then develops into a young sapling, establishing a root system and producing its first simple and lobed leaves. As the tree matures, it goes through a vegetative growth stage where it increases in height and girth, developing a characteristic grayish bark. During its reproductive stage, which typically begins after several years, the Whitebeam produces clusters of white flowers in late spring, subsequently bearing small red pomes (fruit) that attract birds and other wildlife. After the reproductive phase, the tree enters a period of senescence, where growth slows and it may become more susceptible to diseases and environmental stress. Finally, once it reaches the end of its lifespan, which can be several decades, the tree dies and decomposes, returning nutrients to the soil and potentially allowing for new Whitebeam trees to grow from its seeds.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method for propagating the Whitebeam (Sorbus aria 'Majestica') is by seed. The best time to collect seeds is in autumn when the berries are ripe. Once collected, the seeds need a period of cold stratification to break dormancy; this involves mixing the seeds with a moist medium like sand and storing them in a refrigerator at around 40°F (4°C) for approximately 12 to 18 weeks. After stratification, the seeds can be sown in pots or a prepared seedbed in spring, covering them lightly with soil. Germination can be slow and erratic, but once the seedlings emerge and are large enough to handle, they can be transplanted into individual pots to grow on before being planted out in their final positions. It's important to note that seed-raised plants may not be true to the parent due to genetic variation.