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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
purging buckthorn common buckthorn
common hart's horn European buckthorn French berry rainberry thorn Rhineberry thorn waythorn
Rhamnus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or trees, often thorny, with simple leaves that may colour well in autumn, and tiny yellowish flowers followed by fruit that is typically black
R. cathartica is a bushy, deciduous shrub or small tree to 6m, with spiny shoots bearing glossy dark green leaves which turn yellow in autumn, and small clusters of tiny yellowish flowers followed by red berries which ripen to black
Europe to C Asia
Toxicity All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Flowers are attractive to bees. Suitable for hedging, wild or woodland gardens. Grow in moist soils
Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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