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Ruscus aculeatus 'Wheeler's Variety'

Butcher's Broom

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Ruscus aculeatus ‘Wheeler's Variety’ – This Butcher's Broom sturdy green photosynthetic stems are cloaked in spiny matte finish evergreen foliage in a medium shade. The leaves are actually "pseudo-leaves" properly called cladophyls. Odd, waxy, axillary flowers like six-pointed stars with violet-purple centers become pale greenish towards the tips. 'Wheeler's Variety' produces showy red berries in autumn which persistently stud the shrub through winter. This selection is a self-fruitful selection which does not require pollination from another source. Site in full sun to open shade in almost any draining soil. Once established Butcher's Broom exhibits very good drought tolerance. Established potted Butcher's Broom via division.


54 In


54 In


Red Violet


(6b?)7 to 9
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Item Description Price  
RUSCWHE Ruscus aculeatus 'Wheeler's Variety' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $24.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Ruscus aculeatus 'Wheeler's Variety'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Interesting Bark

  • Colored
  • Smooth

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Shade Tolerant
  • Full Sun


  • Massing
  • Border
  • Specimen
  • Potted Plant
  • Labyrinth
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Woodland
  • Shrub Border
  • Edging
  • Greenhouse / Alpine House
  • Hedgerow
  • Evergreen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Adaptable


  • Eurasia

Propagated By

  • Division