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The Devon Whitebeam (Sorbus Devonensis) is a species of Whitebeam tree in the Rosaceae family. It is endemic to the British Isles, growing wild only in areas of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Ireland.

It did not exist before the last Ice Age, probably arising from a hybrid between the Wild Service Tree and another Whitebeam.


It will form a deciduous tree to about 12 metres height.

The leaves are entire, lobed, are dark green above, underside has a dense layer of white hairs.

It flowers at the end of May, they are white with 5 petals.

The fruits ripen at the end of October. They are orange brown, and edible.

Locations found[]

  • Along the River Taw and River Torridge
  • Roborough Down in Plymouth
  • Little Haldon, at Bishopsteignton
  • Boyton, Cornwall
  • South East and North East Ireland (rarely)
  • Halsdon Nature Reserve near Great Torrington managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust - one tree
  • Uppacott Wood Nature reserve between Barnstaple and Bideford also managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust, has many trees
  • Watergate Bridge near Great Torrington, grid ref SS468175
  • Leigh Cross, Zeal Monachorum, map grid ref SS698047
  • Watergate, Horwood, ref SS502266

Botanist David Cann would like to know of any other locations where this species has been found.