• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Sorbus hemsleyi 'John Bond'

whitebeam 'John Bond'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
© Wolfgang Bopp
  • Other common names whitebeam 'John Bond'

  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus Sorbus can be deciduous trees or shrubs with simple or pinnate leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers, followed by white, yellow, pink, red or brown berries; some have fine autumn colour

  • Details 'John Bond' is a compact, upright tree with a columnar habit, growing up to 4m tall. The heavily-veined, elliptic leaves are grey-green with downy-white undersides. White flowers in spring are followed by small brown autumn fruits

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Toxicity Raw fruit can cause mild stomach upset if ingested

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect West-facing or East-facing or South-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Prefers soils that do not dry out

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, by chip budding in summer or grafting in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning If pruning is required, only make cuts in summer to protect against disease

Pests Generally trouble free

Diseases Susceptible to fireblight and honey fungus

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