Common or Purging Buckthorn, Rhamnus cathartica, is a hardy, versatile native shrub that can be used for country hedging. It is good for wildlife and will grow on any well drained soil, including on shady sites under large trees.
Purging Buckthorn is good for hedges up to about 6 metres high.
Browse all of our other varieties of Buckthorn hedge plants for sale. Alternatively, see our selection of native hedging plants or view our full range of hedging.
Purging Buckthorn hedge plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
Spacing a Purging Buckthorn hedge:
Plant Purging Buckthorn hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.
You can also plant Purging Buckthorn at 5 plants per metre in a staggered double row, with 33 cms between each plant along the row and 40cms between the rows.
General description of Purging Buckthorn plants:
This large native shrub or bushy small tree has lush green leaves that clip well into a dense country hedge. Its flowers are also green, so you won't really notice them, but they attract plenty of bees and butterflies. The abundant small berries are red as they ripening, turning black when they mature in the autumn, which looks good next to the leaves as they turn yellow.
History & uses of Rhamnus cathartica:
Purging buckthorn was used in the past to encourage vomiting and diarrhoea. It is mildly poisonous, so we strongly advise you to leave this piece of traditional medicine in the past! This plant and Alder Buckthorn are the only food sources for Brimstone butterflies.