Rhamnus cathartica (Purging Buckthorn) is a native shrub with insect-loving, white flowers in Spring, followed by black fruits and a yellow Autumn coloration. Easy to grow, it grows well on calcareous soil. The fruit is not edible and can be poisonous if consumed in larger quantities (laxative, purgative).
|Flower||Yellow - Late Spring|
|Position||Full Sun or Partial Shade|
|Soil type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand/ Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral/ Moist but well-drained|
|Rate of growth||Fast|
|Height and spread||4m x 2.5m|
|Origin||Europe to C Asia|
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