Rhamnus frangula

Rhamnus frangula

Rhamnus frangula

Also known as glossy buckthorn, this makes a great addition to a mixed hedge - if soil conditions allow. Unlike common buckthorn, alder buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) requires a full sun and a damp,acidic soil to thrive - don’t plant on thin, chalky soils. In a damp spot with lots of light, it will quickly make a dense hedge, producing small yellow flowers in late spring and purple black berries in autumn, which birds, and thrushes in particular, love. It is, along with common buckthorn, a food plant for the common brimstone butterfly. Alder buckthorn is not thorny.

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.

<p dir="ltr">Also known as glossy buckthorn, this makes a great addition to a mixed hedge - if soil conditions allow. Unlike common buckthorn, alder buckthorn (<em>Rhamnus frangula)</em>&nbsp;requires a full sun and a damp,acidic soil to thrive - don&rsquo;t plant on thin, chalky soils. In a damp spot with lots of light, it will quickly make a dense hedge, producing small yellow flowers in late spring and purple black berries in autumn, which birds, and thrushes in particular, love. It is, along with common buckthorn, a food plant for the common brimstone butterfly. Alder buckthorn is not thorny.</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>