Thursday, 16th September 2004
The whitebeam, Sorbus aria, is a small tree that is native of Britain but around here you're more likely to see it planted in parks, restoration schemes and in towns. The leaves have fine white down on the underside, which flashes conspicuously when the foliage is caught in a wind.
The largest fruit was just was beginning to turn colour, from green to scarlet.
Growing nearby, here in the crematorium grounds at Kettlethorpe near
Wakefield, is a related species with lobed leaves, the Swedish
whitebeam, Sorbus intermedia.
Richard Bell, email@example.com