Herb: Swedish Whitebeam

Latin name: Sorbus intermedia

Synonyms: Crataegus aria scandia, Crataegus aria suecica, Pyrus intermedia, Sorbus scandica, Sorbus suecica

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Description of the plant:


12 m
(39 feet)


Medicinal use of Swedish Whitebeam:

None known

Known hazards of Sorbus intermedia:

The seeds probably contain hydrogen cyanide. This is the ingredient that gives almonds their characteristic flavour. Unless the seed is very bitter it should be perfectly safe in reasonable quantities. In small quantities, hydrogen cyanide has been shown to stimulate respiration and improve digestion, it is also claimed to be of benefit in the treatment of cancer. In excess, however, it can cause respiratory failure and even death.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.