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Glossy Buckthorn

Rhamnus frangula

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Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) at James Valley Nursery

Glossy Buckthorn

Glossy Buckthorn

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Alder Buckthorn

Description:

A tough and very adaptable tall shrub with limited ornamental characteristics, good background or filler material; seeds prolifically thanks to the birds and will sprout up in the most undesirable places, use with great caution

Ornamental Features

Glossy Buckthorn has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Glossy Buckthorn is a multi-stemmed deciduous 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. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive

Glossy Buckthorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Glossy Buckthorn will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Screening  Naturalizing 
Applications
Ornamental Features