Alder Buckthorn - Frangula alnus

    Description

    An erect shrub or small tree to 4.5 metres, not spiny. Leaves oval, broadest above the middle, shiny green, hairy beneath when young, with 7 to 9 pairs of veins. Flowers 3mm greenish, solitary or clustered on the younger stems. Berry green at first, turning red and finally black.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woodland on acid soils, but sometimes planted elsewhere.

    When to see it

    Flowers in May or June.

    Life History

    Deciduous shrub.

    UK Status

    Local in England and Wales, scarce elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map