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Hedges: Rhamnus frangula 'Columnaris'

Botanical name: Rhamnus frangula 'Columnaris'

Common name: tallhedge buckthorn

also known as (glossy buckthorn, alder buckthorn)

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, neutral, sand
Zones: 3a thru 7b

winter interest, fall interest, bird attracting, bee attracting, drought tolerant

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Tallhedge buckthorn is the hedge you need to cut down unwanted, nearby noises, assure sunbathing privacy, and keep the family pets in, while keeping unwanted "guests" out. Replace unlovely views with gleaming green, thick and heavy foliage all the way to the ground. It's upright growth habit make it easy to keep it neat and trim without side trimming. Unpruned, it won't grow more than 3-1/2 to 4 feet wide. Thrives in average soils, resists insects and diseases, defies city environments; it is even salt tolerant. Winter hardy to 20 below zero; resists heat and drought, too. Not evergreen, but it holds foliage late in winter. Non-toxic berries change their colors through each growing season, from green to cream, pink, red and finally to jet black. Can't be beaten for fast growth - up to 1 foot per year. Planted early, it can provide privacy its very first year. Plant 3 feet apart. Mature height 10-12 feet. --edited by dtd siegelgirl


The species form (which resembles a more open and spreading form of 'Columnaris') is native to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, but has become naturalized (via seed dispersal) in the Eastern United States. SPECIES IS HIGHLY INVASIVE. Cultivars are at risk of being invasive.

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