Timberpedia - Whitebeam
|Latin Name:||Irish Name:||Native to Ireland?|
|Sorbus aria||an Fioncholl||Yes|
About the Tree
The Whitebeam is a small sized deciduous tree, growing eventually to a height of 12- 15 meters
with a wide, dense crown spread to 8 meters.
You may have to do quite a bit of searching throughout Ireland to find mature examples of this
tree, as it is a threatened variety which is very scattered in its distribution, Best seen from May to
about September when it is in full leaf and in flower or fruit, Both sides of the leaves when blown
by the wind give the impression of a white or pale tree.
About the Wood
The wood is hard, and suited for woodturning, furniture and tool handles. It is a tough wood and
was used to make cogs before they used iron.
Deep orange when wet, and pale yellow after drying.
Know your wood! The Timberpedia is a broad resource that aims to catalogue all the major tree species in Ireland, containing information that we’ve gathered from over two decades maintaining our natural woodland and serving Ireland’s woodworking industry.
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