Au­tumn colour

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - WILD OCTOBER -

Though much less well known than rowan, or moun­tain ash, the guelder rose ar­guably bears the bright­est fruit. This small tree or shrub grows in hedgerows, scrub and wood­land edge, reach­ing a few me­tres tall, and is widely planted too. It is na­tive to the Bri­tish Isles, but, cu­ri­ously, is named af­ter the re­gion of the Nether­lands where an or­na­men­tal va­ri­ety was first grown. The scar­let ber­ries, which hang in plump clus­ters, are en­joyed by bullfinches, mak­ing a pop­u­lar sub­ject for wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers.

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