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Rhamnus alaternus

Italian Buckthorn
  • Plant Type:
  • Shrub, Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Large
  • Also Grown As:
  • Large Shrub/Small Tree
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 10-20' x 10-20'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Rounded
  • Native To:
  • Europe
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water:
  • Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Yellow, Green
  • Bloom Time:
  • Spring
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant, Hedge, Screen, Seacoast Conditions, Shade Tolerant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5, #15
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 4-24
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 7

A BIT MORE...

This native of the Mediterranean region is fast growing and easily trained into a single or multi-stemmed tree. It has insignificant yellow-green flowers in the spring, which produce red berries that turn nearly black in the late summer. This Rhamnus forms a good hedge or screen and can tolerate wind, drought, sun and shade.