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Trees (Native British)

24 25 The Whitebeam is a small tree 30 50 tall. A lightdemanding, warmthloving species it is often found on chalk or limestone hills facing south, although the attractive appearance and ability to thrive in urban and heavily polluted enviroments has led to its being widely planted in recent years. From spring onwards the white down beneath the surprisingly large leaves decks the tree in silver. Sweetscented white flowers appear in May, then red berries much loved by birds and squirrels occur with the golden leaves of autumn. Overripe berries were made into jelly to accompany venison whilst the timber, although small, being white and finegrained was valued for woodturning and fine joinery. When dry the wood burns slowly. wHITEBEAm Sorbus aria
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