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Ruscus aculeatus 'Elizabeth Lawrence'

Butcher's Broom

Plant Type:

BROADLEAF EVERGREEN SHRUBS

Ruscus aculeatus ‘Elizabeth Lawrence’ – This is a dwarf self-fertile evergreen Butcher’s Broom. The glossy green “leaves” are stiff and spiny and thickly set on stems diverging from upright green branches. Loads of glossy red berries stud the foliage in summer and may adorn this interesting shrub through the winter into the following spring. This is another plant that gives me zone envy! Professor Jonathan Lehrer is getting these through problem-free in his gardens on Long Island but we’re too far north with the winter cold a tad too deep to keep them happy other than in our cool greenhouse. Site Ruscus aculeatus ‘Elizabeth Lawrence’ in open shade to dappled sun. It can tolerate more sun in the northern end of its zone range, more shade in the south. Butcher's Broom is also tolerant of urban pollution. ‘Elizabeth Lawrence’ is completely happy in well-drained soil and virtually ecstatic in dry summer conditions. Established pot grown division.


Height:

24 In

Spread:

24 In

Colors:

Purple Red

Zone:

(6b?)7 to 9
What is my hardiness zone?

Characteristics and Attributes for Ruscus aculeatus 'Elizabeth Lawrence'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Interesting Bark

  • Smooth
  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant

Light

  • Shade Tolerant
  • Full Sun

Attributes

  • Labyrinth
  • Greenhouse / Alpine House
  • Shrub Border
  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Knot Garden
  • Evergreen
  • Potted Plant
  • Foundation
  • Specimen
  • Woodland

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil

  • Draining
  • Adaptable

Origins

  • Iran
  • Mediterranean
  • England

Propagated By

  • Division