Alder Buckthorn - Frangula alnus
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.
Woodland on acid soils, but sometimes planted elsewhere.
Flowers in May or June.
Local in England and Wales, scarce elsewhere in Britain.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.
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