Whitebeams


The whitebeam is a park tree. There aren't many in the wild, which is maybe why so few people know much about them.  

A great many, though, decorate British parks. Their leaves have soft white hairs on the undersides, enabling some beautiful strange images in photos.


In spring, the leaves are icy green underneath



They look quite butterfly-like when they catch the light against this teddy-bearish gargoyle on the Barclay Church


Several beautiful whitebeams can be found among the fruit trees on Boys Brigade Walk, so take a wander down there to see the icy leaves if you're in the Meadows in April or May.

By late spring they're dark green


and in blossom


Here's one heavy with blossom by Quartermile. This one is a bit leggier than most of the others in the park.


The autumn leaf colour, as on this mature Argyle Park Terrace tree, is reds, rusts and gold. 






This whitebeam grows against the southern wall of Quartermile.


Mid-autumn is a great time to see whitebeams: there's a startling range of colours on each tree. 










Some are also distinctive for the elegant scarring of their bark.


By late winter, birds welcome the berries.


A couple of the most dramatic Meadows whitebeams are marked on this map.