Wayfairing Tree (Viburnum opulus)

This time of year with Hawthorn dominating the hedgerow and Elder beginning to flower too it is easy to overlook this white flowering shrub, the Wayfaring Tree.

Indeed, the Wayfairing Tree is not widely known by name either and yet it is quite common in southern England and well spread in Dorset on calcareous soils.

It flourishes in scrubby areas, in hedgerows and on woodland edges.

It will, like many hedgerow shrubs, produce berries in the early autumn . These are poisonous to humans but birds can happily eat them.

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