A deciduous shrub, locally frequent in woodland, scrub, hedgerows and shelter-belts on limestone soils or base-rich clays, and sometimes dominant in hedges and scrub on chalk. It is frequently planted in landscaping schemes and is introduced sporadically, or occurs as an escape, outside its native range. Lowland.
There has been no significant change in the distribution of C. sanguinea since the 1962 Atlas, but introductions have begun to blur its native range. In Ireland the native range follows Scannell & Synnott (1987), but more work is needed to clarify the situation there.
European Temperate element.
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