This classic evergreen, with its sickle-shaped leaves and white sticky berries, often grows high in tree canopies and is best seen in the winter months from November to March.
Mistletoe is not common in Norfolk. It appears less common now than in the past and may be adversely affected by climate change.
The scientific name of the mistle thrush bird, viscivora, is taken from ‘viscum’ meaning mistletoe and ‘vora’ meaning devour.
Mistletoe is an evergreen. The narrow, leathery leaves are sickle shaped and, like the branching stems, are greenish/yellow in colour. Between December and February white, semi-transparent, sticky berries adorn the female plants.
Mistletoe forms rounded clumps often high in a tree canopy. Most records in Norfolk are of mistletoe growing on lime trees, but it has also been recorded on poplar, apple, almond, hawthorn, field maple and willow.
It is easiest to spot mistletoe up in trees between November and March when there are no leaves on the trees.
Plantlife - mistletoe
Grow your own mistletoe – berries gathered in February are more likely to germinate than those taken at Christmas. Squeeze the mistletoe berry and extract the seed along with some of the sticky juice. Seeds can then be smeared on to the young branch of your chosen tree. Apple trees make ideal hosts.