Guelder-rose

Guelder-rose ┬ęKaren Lloyd

Guelder-rose

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Scientific name: Viburnum opulus
The guelder-rose is a small tree of hedgerows, woods, scrub and wetlands. It displays large, white flowers in summer and red berries in autumn, which feed all kinds of birds, including Bullfinches.

Top facts

Stats

Height: up to 4m

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

January to December

About

The guelder-rose is a small tree of woodland edges, hedgerows, grassland scrub, fens and riversides, and is frequently planted along roadsides or in gardens and parks. The large, white flowers appear in June and July and are followed by clusters of red berries, which are an important food source for birds, such as bullfinches and mistle thrushes. Its broad, lobed leaves are very recognisable when they turn brilliant red in the autumn.

What to look for

The guelder-rose has broad, lobed leaves that turn red in the autumn. It displays umbels (umbrella-like clusters) of large, china-white flowers in summer, and red berries in autumn.

Where to find

Widespread.

Did you know?

In the winter, guelder-rose berries are a favourite food of Waxwings visiting the UK from Northern Europe. These attractive, pink-and-grey birds can be spotted in flocks on bushes full of berries, often in towns, car parks and gardens.