Discover more about tree blossom across the Surrey Hills

Blossom is one of the most exquisite delights of an English spring. A number of our native woodland and hedgerow trees celebrate the arrival of warm weather with blossom providing food for pollinating insects. Fountains of white or cream blossom seem to appear from nowhere, often accompanied by a delicate fragrance. These trees appear across our sites in Surrey so this spring discover more. We've selected a few places to get you going.

A blackthorn tree in full blossom in Hatfield Forest


Blackthorn is a true herald of spring, with a mass of white flowers appearing before the leaves. The bush can be found in hedgerows and woodland in full sun. It's a short tree with smooth dark brown bark. The straight side shoots develop into sharp thorns and the bush will produce sloes in autumn. It can be found on many of our countryside sites in Surrey

Pussy willlow on Holmwood Common Surrey

Goat willow

There are many types of willow, but it is the goat or grey willow with the clouds of yellow catkins that stand out in March and April. Get up close to examine the magic of the flower structure. A native tree of Britain it's often found near damper areas of woodland and hedgerows, or near streams and ditches. The grey-brown bark becomes marked over time by diamond shaped fissures.

Crab apple

Crab apple

Crab apple is a bit of a loner. It usually grows by itself, and its lovely white blossom with a tinge of pink appears in March-April. It is sweetly scented. It's a short tree with greyish-brown flecked bark and a gnarled ('crabbed') shape. It enjoys moist, heavy soil and can be found in scrubland. Harewoods and Holmwood Common have crab apple trees.

Cherry blossom on a tree

Wild cherry at Witley

Wild cherry produces small baubles of white flowers covering the tree in April-May with a confident flourish. It relishes full sun and fertile soil, typically growing as a single specimen in hedgerows or woodland edges. The bark is very distinctive with its reddish colour and horizontal markings or scars. The leaves are oval in shape.

Hawthorn in Surrye Hills


Also known as the May-flower because it blossoms in later spring, hawthorn flowers are white, often with a pink tinge and are fragrant. Traditionally it was popular for bridal bouquets, although it's also been chosen for hedging over the centuries for its dense thorny habitat. The bark is brown-grey, knotted and fissured, and the leaves are lobed with 'fingers'. With its autumn colour in leaves and berries it is a tree for all seasons.



The clusters of cream flowers are a sign that summer is upon us. These flowers and autumn fruits are wonderfully fragrant and popular cooked to create traditional cordials and desserts. It seeds freely and can be found woodland, scrub and hedgerows. Its leaves are oval shaped and the tree's bark is grey-brown with a corky furrowed texture.