The Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) is a deciduous plant with mid green leaves turning to yellow in autumn. Producing yellowish green flowers which turn into small greenish fruits Buckthorn is loved by birds who come to eat them although they are inedible to humans. The flower of the Buckthorn is attractive to the Brimstone butterfly.
Buckthorn has small spines and is therefore a good choice if a degree of security is required and can be mixed into a native hedge.
Planted at a rate of five plants per metre Buckthorn will make a thick thorny hedge which will grow in most soil conditions.
Buckthorn hedging plants are also shade tolerant.
Buckthorn is also a valuable addition to a native farm hedging mix. Mixed native farm hedges are excellent for attracting birds and other wildlife as hedges play host to insects, berries and other sources of food for wildlife. Native mixed hedges also offer winter protection for wildlife.
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