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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Rhamnus cathartica   FAMILY Rhamnaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhamnus cathartica   FAMILY Rhamnaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Buckthorn, European Buckthorn


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image of Rhamnus cathartica, Common Buckthorn, European Buckthorn

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_rhca3_001_lvd

        

image of Rhamnus cathartica, Common Buckthorn, European Buckthorn

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_rhca3_004_lhd

        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Rhamnus cathartica   FAMILY Rhamnaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhamnus cathartica   FAMILY Rhamnaceae

 

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3824

Shrub; Tree
Perennial
Dioecious

Non-native: Eurasia

Rare

Habitat: Disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Armed with spinose spur shoots

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Leaves usually opposite to subopposite, sometimes alternate or on short shoots
Petioles 1-2.7cm long

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish-green
Unisexual
4-merous
4 petals in staminate flowers (petals absent in pistillate flowers)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Drupe

 

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