Illustrations by Felicity Rose Cole
Dog rose Rosa canina (above)
Vigorous hedgerow briar: our most common wild rose. Oval to flask-shaped scarlet rosehips.
Black nightshade Solanum nigrim
Tiny, tomato-like annual with dull black berries. Not to be confused with poisonous deadly nightshade.
Burnet rose Rosa pimpinellifolia
Low shrub of coastal dunes and chalk grassland. Unlike other wild roses produces purple-black hips.
Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara
Woody scrambler with red, oval, bitter-sweet berries. Also known as woody nightshade.
Spindle Euonymus europaeus
Small hedgerow shrub with garish clusters of coral-pink berries held in orange sheaths.
Black bryony Tamus communis
Britain’s only wild yam. Climbing tendrils twine around hedgerow plants. Red, poisonous berries.
Elder Sambucus nigra
Small hedgerow tree with flat clusters of edible black berries. Frothy white flowers in May–June.
Honeysuckle lonicera periclymenum
Vigorous shrub that entwines around trees and hedgerow plants. Clusters of bright red berries.
Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna
Small or medium-sized thorny tree of hedgerows, rough ground and upland areas. Scarlet oval ‘haws’.
Rowan Sorbus aucuparia
Upland tree with clusters of small, scarlet berries (popular with birds). Also known as mountain ash.
Wild service tree Sorbus torminalis
Often-overlooked tree of ancient woods. Clusters of brown, spotted fruits (once used to flavour beer).
Crab-apple Malus sylvestris
Thorny tree with small, hard, yellow, apple-shaped fruits that can be used to make jelly.