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Rhamnus alaternus

Italian Buckthorn

Buckthorn

Comments

An upright growing, evergreen shrub that takes pruning well, and is best used as a screen or hedge; showy red berries mature to dark purple; tough and adaptable, tolerating heat and wind; can be trained as a small tree

Description

An upright growing, evergreen shrub that takes pruning well, and is best used as a screen or hedge; showy red berries mature to dark purple; tough and adaptable, tolerating heat and wind; can be trained as a small tree

Landscape Attributes

Italian Buckthorn is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

Italian Buckthorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;

Accent;Hedges/Screening;General Garden Use;Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Italian Buckthorn will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This is a dioecious species, meaning that individual plants are either male or female. Only the females will produce fruit, and a male variety of the same species is required nearby as a pollinator.

Light Requirement:

shade

full sun

Moisture:

dry to moist

Cold Hardy to Zone:

7b

Height(inches):

Spread:

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Soil Type:

15 feet

6 feet

Deer Resistant:

false

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