An evergreen, low-growing shrub of heavy, neutral to basic soils in deciduous woodland, often in quite deep shade. It reproduces by self-layering and by seed, but as it flowers in the early spring and requires cross-pollination by flies or moths, seed-set is often poor. Lowland.
D. laureola is usually regarded as a native in England and Wales, but it is also a relic of cultivation or introduction in many sites, and across much of its British range is more typical of pheasant-rearing estates and parklands than semi-natural woodland. Many squares mapped as native are more likely to be alien.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.