Flowering: May-June. Fruiting: September-October. Native.
Inconspicuous greenish-white flowers, 4-petalled, 3-10 in clusters. Fruit bright pink, 4-lobed, seeds with orange sheaths. Poisonous. Opposite leaves, oval-lanceolate, finely-toothed. Turning orange
in autumn. Green, 4-angled twigs. Height: 2-6m.
Found on free-draining calcareous soil, hedges, scrub, deciduous woodland. Native throughout Ireland, also introduced from garden and woodland plantings.