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Fine Line Buckthorn

Rhamnus frangula 'Ron Williams'

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Fine Line Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula 'Ron Williams') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Rhamnus frangula 'Fine Line'

Rhamnus frangula 'Fine Line'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fine Line Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula 'Ron Williams') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Rhamnus frangula 'Fine Line' foliage

Rhamnus frangula 'Fine Line' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 7 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 3b

Other Names: Alder Buckthorn


A rather attractive columnar garden shrub with finely cut foliage for an overall fine, wispy appearance, excellent for textural effect in a garden composition; very hardy, tough and adaptable; non-invasive as the seeds of this cultivar are not viable

Ornamental Features:

Fine Line Buckthorn has attractive green foliage throughout the season. The deeply cut ferny leaves are ornamentally significant and turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Fine Line Buckthorn is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fine Line Buckthorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Container Planting
  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Plant Characteristics:

Fine Line Buckthorn will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

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