Italian buckthorn is a shrubby tree that has interesting variegation on some varieties.
Italian Buckthorn facts
Name – Rhamnus alaternus
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, the cold might block proper development and regrowth, especially if winter is harsh in your area.
Pruning Italian Buckthorn
→ Follow our advice on pruning shrubs
You can prune this shrub into a mixed hedge, or train it up a lattice or arbor.
Learn more about Italian Buckthorn
Italian buckthorn makes for easy growing and doesn’t require any particular attention.
Make a note that these cute drupes which can look like fruits to children are actually poisonous.
An interesting variety is the ‘Argentovariegata’, which has an ivory-colored rim along the edges of leaves.
Smart tip about Italian buckthorn
When purchasing it, check or ask about the variety: some of them are deciduous and will lose their leaves.