Flowers: May – August; small waxy white flowers
Fruits: Bright red berry-like drupes
Twigs & bark: Evergreen; twigs green/grey; bark grey and smooth
Woodland, hedgerows, rocky ground, especially acidic soils; often an undershrub in oak woodland
Widespread and common, often planted
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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Native to western and southern europe. Formed an understory layer in ancient Irish oak woodlands. The tree is dioecious (male and female flowers found on separate trees). The berries and leaves a very famiiar sight around christmas time in wreaths and decoration. Widespread and common, often planted