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Cultural Details for Frangula alnus 'Asplenifolia'

Common Name:
Glossy Buckthorn, Alder Buckthorn, Fernleaf Buckthorn, Tallhedge Buckthorn

Growth Rate:
Medium to fast

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Perfect flower, creamy green color, parts in five, not showy, appears May.

Fruit Details:
Berrylike drupes, 0.25-0.33 across, color red-purple-black, July-September

Fall Color:
Greenish-yellow to yellow

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Some stem cankers. No serious problems.

Native Habitat:
Zones 3-7, native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa.

Other Features:
INVASIVE. Species is basically worthless for landscape considerations. Cultivars offer some hope.

Culture and Care:
Transplants well, plant in sun or shade in well drained soil.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.