A deciduous shrub or small tree planted in gardens and hedgerows and well naturalised in woodland, rough grassland and by railways. It reproduces by seed, which is often bird-sown. Lowland.
P. mahaleb was cultivated in Britain by 1714. It was known from the wild in 1936 (E. Cornwall).
Native of C. & S. Europe and S.W. & C. Asia.
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