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Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia'


Plant Type:


Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia' - A very narrow-leaved form with irregular margins of Glossy Buckthorn whose foliage turns a respectable yellow in autumn before the leaves drop. Relatively narrow in youth this upright shrub will expand its diameter in time but always grow taller than wide. The light gray-brown wood sports a plethora of lighter colored lenticels and because of this character the bark is cherry-like and attractive in the winter landscape. This is a tough, easy shrub when sited in full to half sun planted in average to even poor soils that drain well. An established plant is greatly drought tolerant. There are few fruits occurring on this form. In some years no berries form. It has never set seed here in its many years of its garden habitation - this form in our humble estimation is not an invasive threat. Cutting grown.


10-12 ft


6-10 ft


Yellow Green

Characteristics and Attributes for Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Lenticels

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Border
  • Shrub Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Hedgerow
  • Massing
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Adaptable
  • Average
  • Fertile
  • Draining


  • Western Asia
  • North Africa
  • Europe

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown