The White Beam is a beautiful tree rising to the height of thirty or forty feet. The trunk is large and dicides into many branches. The leaves are light green on the upper sides, and white on the under.
It is a native of many parts of Europe, growing upon dry and rather warm soils, such as those over gravel, chalk and limestone.
The wood is firm and tough. Walking-sticks, wooden axles, handles of tools, and many other things are made from it. It is close grained and takes a smooth polish, but like most of the thorns, it needs to be well seasoned or it may warp and split.
summarised from "The Library of Entertaining Knowledge - Timber trees" (1829), pub. Charles Knight, Pall Mall.