Fernleaf Buckthorn

Rhamnus frangula ‘Asplenifolia’
Size: #5
10-12 feet high x 6-10 feet wide
Open spreading
Zone 4
Full Sun


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This is a low-branching vase shaped shrub, which lends a lacy, fern like fine texture to the landscape with its linear leaves that have a very undulating margin. This is a standout amongst buckthorns and quite resilient to our conditions. Attractive red summer berries turn black as they mature—a real bird attractant! Removing the lower branches turns this plant into an outstanding small multi-stemmed thornless specimen. Several customers saw this buckthorn as an excellent replacement for Japanese Maples which can’t handle our conditions. Best use is as an accent or specimen plant. Yellow autumn color.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.