Rhamnus frangula Asplenifolia

Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia' also known as Alder buckthorn is an unusual but attractive, bushy, slow growing, non-evergreen shrub.

It has long, finely textured, dark green leaves turning vibrant red in autumn and clusters of small, green flowers in late spring and early summer, which are very attractive to bees.

These are followed by round, red fruit that ripens to black

'Asplenifolia' in a 3L pot
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How to grow

This attractive shrub will thrive in most soils, in sun or partial shade. It would add interest within the mixed shrub bed or border and is good for coastal planting, provided shelter from cold or exposed areas is in place.

It is drought tolerant, so easy to grow, but once planted it does not like being moved.