This deciduous shrub of neutral or calcareous soils is found in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, in fen carr and Alnus and Salix thickets, and on stream banks, favouring damp places, but also found in dry habitats. It is planted in parks and gardens and plants which spread from these sites to the wild sometimes include yellow-fruited cultivars (Lousley, 1976a). 0-400 m (south of Garrigill, Cumberland).
The distribution of V. opulus is similar to that shown in the 1962 Atlas.
Circumpolar Temperate element.
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.
Atlas text references
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
, Königstein, (1986)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 3. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1992)