The hairy white undersides of the leaves make the Whitebeam resistant to pollution and sea winds, and prevent the loss of moisture on dry sites.
The dark upper and white underside of the leaves mean that for most of the year the tree is very striking. Its bark is light grey/silver and smooth but becomes scaled and ridged with age.
Whitebeam produces a tough heavy hardy wood which was used in the past for:
- Wheels in machinery and vehicles