Wayfaring tree is a deciduous shrubby tree up to 10 feet or more in height, confined mainly to chalky and clay soils in south-eastern and south-western England. It is found mostly in southern England, extending westwards to south Wales and Devon.
It is a plant frequent of hedgerows, woodland margins and dry downland scrub, often growing with hawthorn.
The creamy white flowers are produced in May and June.
The berries are produced in August and September and start off pink, then turn to red and finally black when ripe. Wayfaring tree acquired its name when travellers on foot or horseback saw the plant and named it ‘Wayfarer’s Tree’.