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Purging Buckthorn

Rhamnus cathartica

Also known as

Buckthorn, Common Buckthorn, Common Hart's Horn, European Buckthorn, French Berry, Rainberry Thorn, Rhineberry Thorn, Waythorn, Carolina Buckthorn, European Waythorn, Hart's Thorn

Rhamnus cathartica 2 by Franz Xaver (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

4m

4m

Min

2.5m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Purging Buckthorn Overview

Deciduous shrub or small tree species with a bushy growth habit. It produces spiny shoots with shiny green leaves that display attractive autumn colouration. Flowers are clustered, small and starry in appearance, coloured green-yellow and develop into red berry fruits which turn black upon ripening.

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Deciduous (leaf dropping) trees often have amazing fall colour.

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