Narrow Leaf Buckthorn
Narrow Leaf Buckthorn
Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia'Item #6977 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8
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Add a unique, ferny texture to the garden with this uncommon deciduous shrub. Its very narrow leaves create a fine textured appearance. Summer berries attract birds to the garden.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:RAM-nus FRANG-u-laPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing to 10 to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 10 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late springFlower color:GreenFlower attributesFragrantGarden styleContemporaryDesign IdeasWith its upright growth and spreading branches, this shrub makes a fine hedge or screen. Use to create privacy around urban outdoor living areas or spa. Divides homesites in front yard or sideyard where screening from unsightly adjacent land uses is important. Makes an interesting background for high contrast specimen plants, fountains and garden art.Companion PlantsFor the wildlife garden, plant this with other berry shrubs such as Dwarf Cranberry Bush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum 'Compactum') and Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium). In its shade, include the green and white foliage of Francee Plantain Lily (Hosta x 'Francee') or Variegated Plantain Lily (Hosta undulata 'Variegata').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This rugged shrub belongs to the Buckthorn family, Rhamnaceae. It is comprised of about 50 genera of trees and shrubs, often spiny. The genus was named by Linnaeus from the ancient Greek vernacular for the Mediterranean species. Most others are native to the Northern Hemisphere with a few exceptions in the tropics. The strange sounding species, frangula was derived from an old European name for this specific species which is also found in North Africa and Central Asia. This variety, 'Asplenifolia' was named and classified by German botanist Ludwig Dippel, 1827-1914.Lore:The species Rhamnus frangula has naturalized in the eastern United States and may threaten native vegetation in the wetlands.