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20 Common Buckthorn / Rhamnus Cathartica 2-3ft Tall, Wildlife Hedging Plants


20 Common Buckthorn / Rhamnus Cathartica Plants

60-90cm Tall


These are BARE ROOTED plants which can be planted from the end of October until April and will be dispatched as soon as the weather turns cold and they become dormant.The dispatch date depends on the Autumn temperature and varies from year to year.


Rhamnus cathartica (Buckthorn, Common Buckthorn or Purging Buckthorn), is a species in the family Rhamnaceae, native to Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia, from the central British Isles south to Morocco, and east to Kyrgyzstan.


Growing Details:

Common Name: Common buckthorn
Genus: Rhamnus
Species: Cathartica
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial Shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light
Height: 6 - 8m
Spread: 2m



It is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 6–8 m tall, with grey-brown bark and spiny branches. The leaves are elliptic to oval, 2.5–9 cm long and 1.2–3.5 cm broad; they are green, turning yellow in autumn, and are arranged somewhat variably in opposite to subopposite pairs or alternately. The flowers are yellowish-green, with four petals; they are dioecious and insect pollinated. The fruit is a globose black drupe 6–10 mm diameter containing two to four seeds.


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