Wild cherry blossom is white with a sweet scent

Did you know that our wild cherry tree is different to the pink-blossomed varieties you often see in streets, parks and gardens? The wild cherry has white, cup-shaped flowers with five petals.

 

Look out for hawthorn blossom in May

This thorny shrub is often called the May-tree, after the month when its clusters of delicate white flowers appear. It’s often considered bad luck to bring hawthorn blossom indoors, possibly because in the past people said its heavy, sweet scent reminded them of the Great Plague.

 

Blackthorn blossom appears before the leaves .

Blackthorn blossom is very similar to hawthorn blossom but it blooms first, sometimes as early as March. Also, the flowers appear before the leaves, while hawthorn leaves and blossom appear together. Blackthorn has long been associated with witchcraft and wands were believed to be made of its wood.

 

Look for ash flowers bursting out of the black buds.

Ash trees produce spiky clusters of little purple flowers between March and May. The tree was thought to have healing powers, and in Norse Viking mythology it’s called the Tree of Life.

 

Crab apple blossom is pink and white like those in the picture

The crab apple’s sweet-scented, pink and white flowers appear in May. This smallish, gnarled tree is an ancient relative of our cultivated eating apple trees.

Spot rowan flowers in May

The rowan tree produces large clusters of small, white flowers. Their many tiny stamens give them a fluffy look.

 

Horse chestnut flowers are also known as ‘candles’

The horse chestnut isn’t just famous for its conkers. These large, spiky clusters of pink-based, white flowers with long stamens appear from April. They look like flowery candles sitting in the tree!

 

Did you know holly berries start off as small white flowers?

The holly is more famous for its Christmassy red berries, but it has flowers in spring too. They’re small and greenish-white so are easy to overlook.

 

Peek behind oak leaves to discover long catkins.

The oak produces male and female flowers that look very different. The long, yellow catkins are the male flower. But look very carefully and you’ll see the little red female flowers too – they look a bit like leaf buds.