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Rhamnus alaternus Argenteovariegata


Italian Buckthorn

Evergreen with mottled green and cream leaves

A beautiful evergreen shrub with glossy, green and white leaves on stiff stems. Inconspicuous yellow flower clusters in April are followed by red berries that age to black. A useful plant for flower arranging.


Happiest in full sun and a warm spot at the back of a border. This plant loves the seaside and mild locations where the berries will be at their best.


Plant in well drained soil. Water well until established and trim long growths to shape in summer.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September