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Rhamnus alaternus 'Variegatus'

Common Name:
Variegated Italian buckthorn
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Rhamnaceae (The Buckthorn Family)
Geographic Origin:
Mediterranean Region
California Native?:
Plant Size:
9-12 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to little watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
Slower growing than the more common green leaved selections, the variegated Italian buckthorn brings a striking creamy accent to hedges and foundation plantings. It can grow 10-15 feet tall. The main branches are erect to upsweeping, lined by virtual brushes of branchlets. The green leaves are pointed-oval in outline, and decorated by cream-colored margins. Flowers are tiny and greenish, and many of the small reddish berries are hidden by the leaves. This is a nearly indestructible shrub, used in tall screens and hedges or trained as a small tree. Prune out the occasional shoot that reverts to all green. Sun or light shade, reasonably well drained soil, occasional watering when established. Hardy to 10 deg.F or less