Purging Buckthorn Hedge Plants - Delivered by Mail Order from the Nursery with a 1 Year Guarantee
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.
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.
Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order. Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest. You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.