Buckthorn Hedge Plants For Sale

Buckthorn Hedge Plants

Frangula, Rhamnus & Hippophae Species

There is a variety of buckthorn to grow in practically any soil. As a group, they are strong growing shrubs or small trees. Buckthorns are ideal to add to mixed native hedging, attracting some rarer butterflies and birds, and adding to your hedge's visual appeal with flowers, glorious autumn foliage and berries.

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Buckthorn in Summary

  • Uses: Mixed native hedgerows from 1 metre upwards
  • Good Points: Native, attracts wildlife
  • Position: there is a buckthorn for almost any ground
  • Growth: 40+ cms per year.

Choosing, Planting and Caring for Buckthorn

  • Alder Buckthorn (Frangula alnus) loves wet ground and soil that is acidic, rather than neutral. It hates chalk, and tolerates partial shade well.
  • Purging Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) is fine on most soil types and grows well on chalk. Tolerates shade a bit less well than Alder Buckthorn.
  • Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides). This is a true seaside shrub. Give it thin soil, salt air and wind, and it thrives as long as it has full sun. 

Planting Buckthorn

Follow the instructions in our video on planting a country hedge. All the buckthorns are resilient plants and will respond well to even the most basic preparation.


As always, the number one and two requirements are ensuring your plants have adequate water, and that weeds are removed, to prevent competition before your buckthorn has established and is able to grow away by itself.

Apart from that, cut it back hard in the year it was planted and again the following year, to create a thick, bushy base. After that, just keep it lightly trimmed.

Buying Buckthorn

You can buy all the varieties of Buckthorn we sell in the exact numbers you require. The price per plant reduces as you order more plants of any one variety and size.

All our Buckthorn is covered by our no-quibble Guarantee, which means you can order with complete confidence. Best advice & friendly support throughout. 

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  1. Frangula alnus

    60-80cm Hedge Plants
    • Large, hardy native shrub.
    • Ideal for wet, peaty sites.
    • Good for hedging.
    • Max. Height: 7m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £3.12  Inc VAT


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