Italian Buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Italian Buckthorn
Rhamnus alaternus

Plants can be used as a screen or a hedge[200].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention of toxicity has been found for this species, there is the suggestion that some members of this genus could be mildly poisonous[65].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will require 1 – 2 months stratification at 5¡c and should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year’s growth, autumn in a frame. Layering in early spring[4].
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil in sun or shade[182]. Succeeds in a hot dry position. Plants are very tolerant of exposure to salt-laden winds, succeeding in exposed maritime gardens[200]. One report, however, says that they are not very root firm[182]. Hardy to about -15¡c[184]. A fairly fast-growing plant[202]. The species in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
S. Europe.

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