Italian Buckthorn facts
Name – Rhamnus alternus
Family – Rhamnaceae
Type – shrub
Height – 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary
Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – March to May
Planting Italian Buckthorn
Plant in spring preferably.
If you plant in fall, you might constrain its proper development and regrowth, especially if the winter is harsh in your area.
Pruning Italian Buckthorn
If your Italian buckthorn becomes invasive, feel free to cut it back: it won’t suffer from it.
Follow our advice on pruning shrubs
Comments on Italian Buckthorn
Italian buckthorn makes for easy growing and doesn’t require any particular attention.
Its blooming clearly isn’t spectacular, but it has the advantage of producing cute little black drupes at the end of summer.
Make a note that these cute drupes which can look like fruits to children are actually poisonous.
Smart tip about Italian buckthorn
When purchasing it, check or ask about the variety: some of them are deciduous and will lose their leaves.