Could you tell me what is the name of this plant?

Found in the park in London at the end of May.

Red berries on shrub with saw-toothed leaves.

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    I am looking up Viburnum...like maybe plicatum.
    – stormy
    Jun 10, 2017 at 21:30
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    What we need, if you can provide it, is a photo showing a leaf or three very clearly, or a branch with whole leaves on it, and preferably one showing the whole plant for growth habit - I'd say a Viburnum variety, but there are lots and lots of those, not all with ovoid berries, but many with
    – Bamboo
    Jun 11, 2017 at 0:00
  • Can you show us a fruit sliced open? Is it red inside? How many seeds per fruit? If one seed, is it elongated? Oct 11, 2017 at 4:56

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Here's a picture of berries and leaves of V. plicatum. Here's another picture, Viburnum plicatum Mariesii Viburnum. See what you think! I'll be blown away if I am wrong!

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    Not too convinced. The berries should be standing up in a circle, like the flowers before and the leaves seem not "grooved" enough.
    – Stephie
    Jun 10, 2017 at 21:52
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    It might well be what you suggest, but Stephie makes a good point, the berries are usually held in a hoop like arrangement - also the leaves, what we can see of them, seem quite long to be plicatum...
    – Bamboo
    Jun 11, 2017 at 0:02
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    This is wrong answer. Leaves are clearly different from what you propose, more like prunus of some king.
    – J. Chomel
    Oct 6, 2017 at 11:52
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    Hey @J.Chomel Can't believe this has no answer as yet. Yet my answer is wrong? Sigh. What was wrong with Manchurian Viburnum? That looked very strong...micro environments easily change leaf color and serration...a little bit. Without giving a better answer, please explain how you KNOW an answer is wrong without just saying, 'this is wrong'? I am wrong LOTS. I like the Manchurian Viburnum ID.
    – stormy
    Oct 6, 2017 at 22:59
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    I deleted my answer (manchurian viburnum) since it just flowers in may, so can't have such berries in that season.
    – VividD
    Oct 12, 2017 at 13:47

So, I'm very torn- I may be able to make a better decision between the two IF you had a picture of the leaf straight on or looking down on to the leaf as the ones in the pic are slightly curled. I've posted pics below of two plants that it most similarly resembles the first few are of dog rose hips and the second few are of black Hawthorne or crateagus douglasii. I've attached webbed searched images with the most similarity to the pic you posted. When I blew up your pic I saw Thorne's. Another reason I've chosen these 2. Leaning more towards rose hips after second, third and fourth-guessing myself.

Dog rose hips plant and berries

dog rose hips

dog rose hips2

Berries of dog rose hips

Black Hawthorne, pic one is of one in the UK.

Black Hawthorne

black Hawthorne

Hope this helps you or helps to restart the conversation to get you the answer your looking for.

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    Nice guess, however, there is a big problem: "It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in September." (from www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Crataegus+douglasii) And OP says the picture is taken in May.
    – VividD
    Oct 12, 2017 at 16:14

I found this image of a pin cherries: pin cherries from here, whose leaves have strong resemblance with the one of the original question.

Pin cherries are not commonly planted in backyards, but they can be found across the prairies in parks, along river banks and in other undisturbed areas where there is plenty of sunlight.

Berry are different (rounder), but the similarity makes me think this plant could be of the prunus genus. It could be a cultivar derived from pin cherries (Prunus Pensylvanica): it grows in cold US climate, so it usually is tricked to believe spring is here when GB winter is not cool enough...


It looks like a Cornelian cherry, probably Cornus mas given the location, although the time of year is off (fruit ripens at the end of July, not May).

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