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25 x Rhamnus cathartica (Buckthorn) 60-100cm bare root


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25 bare root 2yr old plants approx 60-90cm tall


Rhamnus cathartica, or Common Buckthorn is  a dense, thicket-forming, spiny plant with dark green leaves which turn yellow in autumn. In late spring, small yellow flowers are produced, that are popular with butterflies. Masses of shiny, spherical red fruit are produced in autumn. Forms a thick, thorny hedge which is best if kept to a height of around 7ft, or if planted as a small specimen tree, buckthorn will reach a height of around 15ft. Good for chalky soils

Recommended planting distance: 5 per metre

Hardiness: Fully Hardy

Suitable for: Mixed native hedge, single species hedge

Features: Berries, good for wet soils, wildlife friendly



Bare root plants: These plants can be planted anytime between November and March. We keep our bare root hedging in tubs of damp compost at the nursery. If you are not planting your plants immediately then keep the roots damp (preferably in compost) and out the sun until you are ready to plant.

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