Another bush more common on limestone soils though it is tolerant of a range of non-acid soils.
It shares its most common areas of distribution with the guelder rose.
It is an inconspicuous shrub with pale bark, smooth and pointed leaves, and small player pale flowers.
Young twigs are green and four sided. It is the fruits that are amazingly colourful with bright pink cases that split open to reveal hard orange seeds. It will grow from seed but may also be propagated by cuttings.
The hard pale wood was used for making spindles for spinning wheels and looms - hence the name.