A hemiparasite on a wide range of trees in orchards, hedgerows, parklands and gardens, but rarely in dense or primary woodlands. Its most frequent hosts are Malus spp., followed by Tilia x europaea, Crataegus spp. (its commonest native hosts), Populus spp., Acer spp., Salix spp. and Robinia pseudoacacia. Lowland.
The native range of V. album is so obscured by introductions that all records are mapped as if they are native. A survey in 1969-72 produced many new records, suggesting that it had previously been under-recorded. A repeat survey in 1994-8 provided no evidence for any marked changes in its distribution.
European Temperate element; also in C. and E. Asia.
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
1999. Kissing Goodbye to Mistletoe.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1976)
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
1973. Mistletoe. Plants wild and cultivated. :139-145.