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Ruscus aculeatus
Ruscus aculeatus
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INFORMATION ONLY - A low growing, evergreen, holly-like shrub which belongs to the Lily family and is a native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa. Ruscus aculeatus has dark green, prickly leaves and small, inconspicuous white flowers in spring. These flowers are followed by bright red fruit later in the year.

Ruscus aculeatus is an excellent low shrub for dry, shady areas in a garden.

Looking for a similar low, evergreen shrub? Try Cotoneaster sherriffii 'Highlight'

This plant is currently listed on our website for Information Only - Sadly it is not currently available for sale. We are not asked for this plant often and therefore do not grow many, but hope to have this plant for sale at some point in the future and at this time it will be re-enabled on our website.

  • Position: Sun or shade.
  • Soil: Well drained soil. Ruscus aculeatus does not grow well in very wet soils.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: January - April
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Very slow
  • Habit: Ruscus aculeatus grows to be a low, densely branching shrub.
    • Height: up to 80 cm (2 ½ ft).
    • Spread: 100 cm (3 ft).
  • Notes: Ruscus aculeatus is a tough plant which seems to thrive in dry, shady or poor soils.


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