Rhamnus frangula
  • Rhamnus frangula
  • Rhamnus frangula - growing as a small tree, covered with masses of insects when in flower

Rhamnus frangula

£14.95

(Alder Buckthorn) Rhamnus frangula is one of the few plants in our garden on which we are delighted to find caterpillars since it is the most important host plant to the Brimstone butterfly.

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One of the few plants in our garden on which we are delighted to find caterpillars since it is the most important host plant to the Brimstone butterfly. A very hardy, large shrub with dark green leaves and small red fruit, the wood makes the finest charcoal for the manufacture of gunpowder!

Excellent garden shrub for attracting wildlife and can be planted as a hedge if required. Also known as Frangula alnus.


  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil. Will tolerate damp (but not waterlogged) conditions.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: May.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
  • Habit: Rhamnus frangula grows to be a large branching shrub.
    • Height: 4 m (13 ft).
    • Spread: 4 m (13 ft).

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Partial or Dappled Shade, Full Sun
Mature Size
Shrub - Large (over 10 ft tall), Shrub - Medium (5 - 10 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Special: Windy & Exposed, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Soil Type: Damp / Wet
Special Features
Screening/Hedge, Fruit - Ornamental, Honey Fungus Resistant, Good for Wildlife (Insects including bees & butterflies), Good for Wildlife (Birds)

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