Mistletoe - Viscum album


Yellowish green shrub, regularly branched, hairless forming rounded clumps up to one metre across on tree branches. Leaves oblong, leathery, opposite and untoothed. Flowers inconspicuous, unisexual with male and female on separate plants, 4 parted in small stalkless clusters. Fruit a white berry during winter.

Identification difficulty

Orchards and places where the host trees are numerous.

When to see it

Flowering February to April.

Life History

Parasitic on deciduous trees, especially Apple, Lime, Hawthorn and Poplar.

UK Status

Fairly frequent possibly declining, mainly found south of the Humber in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland where it is mainly reliant on Apple trees in orchards. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 23 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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