Rhamnus cathartica

Also known as Purging buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), this is a much underused hedge plant, as it is very tough and easy to grow on most soils. It grows as a dense hedge, with some thorns, and produces small yellow-green flowers in spring followed by small dark purple berries in autumn. 

Both forms of buckthorn are invaluable food sources for the brimstone butterfly Gonepteryx rhamni, so buckthorn makes a superb addition to any wildlife friendly mixed hedge. 

Not stock-friendly, as the leaves and the berries are mildly poisonous, but the birds seem to love the berries and suffer no ill-effects!

For most garden hedges, plant in a single row, spacing plants every 30cm. 

Plant sizes:

We pride ourselves on the quality of our hedging plants. As well as the height of the plants, we also specify the age of the plant - all are generally either two years old (1/1) or even three years old (1/2). This means they have a sturdy, extensive root system and strong stems, ready for the perfect start to your garden hedge. You may be able to buy cheaper, but we don’t think you can buy better.

Rhamnus cathartica

<p dir="ltr">Also known as Purging buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), this is a much underused hedge plant, as it is very tough and easy to grow on most soils. It grows as a dense hedge, with some thorns, and produces small yellow-green flowers in spring followed by small dark purple berries in autumn.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both forms of buckthorn are invaluable food sources for the brimstone butterfly Gonepteryx rhamni, so buckthorn makes a superb addition to any wildlife friendly mixed hedge.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not stock-friendly, as the leaves and the berries are mildly poisonous, but the birds seem to love the berries and suffer no ill-effects!</p> <p>For most garden hedges, plant in a single row, spacing plants every 30cm.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Plant sizes:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We pride ourselves on the quality of our hedging plants. As well as the height of the plants, we also specify the age of the plant - all are generally either two years old (1/1) or even three years old (1/2). This means they have a sturdy, extensive root system and strong stems, ready for the perfect start to your garden hedge. You may be able to buy cheaper, but we don&rsquo;t think you can buy better.</p>