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Rhamnus caroliniana/Carolina Buckthorn

Rhamnus caroliniana / Rhamnus caroliniana
Early summer berries are red and leaves are quite large with pronounced veins
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Early summer berries are red and leaves are quite large with pronounced veins

Black berries in the final stage of development. Eaten by several species of birds

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Scientific Name: Rhamnus caroliniana
Common Name: Carolina Buckthorn
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Green, Red, Black
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: A large shrub to small tree, this native is seldom abundant in the landscape but makes a strong presence when in fruit because the fruit turns from red in summer to black in fall. A somewhat short-lived tree, apparantely due to a root rot that takes out large, mature specimen trees. Birds relish the berries when they turn black.