Whitebeam is native to southern England and County Galway in Ireland It’s a deciduous broadleaf tree, adaptable to all conditions and requires little maintenance. It’s often found in parks and gardens and identifiable by its domed crown. In springtime white scented flowers are produced, followed by orange-red fruits.
Estimated full grown height: A mature tree will reach about 15 metres, reaching its full height in 30-40 years.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Due to excellent growing conditions, some of our saplings are now slightly bigger than 60cm. This means some customers may receive a sapling that is up to 80cm tall. If you do receive a taller sapling, it will arrive with a slight curve in the top of the stem in order to fit it into the box. This should straighten out once planted, usually within four weeks. No matter which size you'll receive, all of our saplings are healthy and should grow into strong, sturdy trees. Unfortunately, we cannot determine which customers will receive the taller saplings as they are chosen at random.
Value to wildlife: The flowers are pollinated by insects and the berries are favoured by birds. The leaves are eaten by caterpillars of a number of moths.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Whitebeam is adaptable to all conditions but thrives in chalk soils.
Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.
Oct - Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees. Your sapling is dormant, so as long as it is kept moist and in light conditions and free from frost and wind, it will last a few weeks before planting.
March - Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out or lose nutrients.
On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; mainly weeding around the base to reduce competition for nutrients and ensuring it has enough water. More information about caring for your trees.
Delivery information: Free delivery is available on all tree orders but please allow 7-10 days. You will receive a cell grown sapling, approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may be dormant and not look very perky upon arrival. Once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG): Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and Ireland, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
More information about this tree is available here.