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 There was large holly,

loaded with berries,

about 100 yards away from these guelder rose berries

and it was being defended vigorously

by a very aggressive mistle thrush

that was determined to monopolise it.

I guess there is probably a pecking order

when it comes to choice of berry-bearing species,

and perhaps guelder rose comes way down the list

when there are plenty of alternatives about.


Guelder rose flowers are very attractive to insects

and the autumn colours of the leaves (red/purple) are lovely,

so it will look really good in your hedge.

Fieldfares might not take the fruits

but garden birds like bullfinches

and overwintering blackcaps will enjoy them.



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