Alder Buckthorn (Rhammus Frangula) is a deciduous hedge that is native to the UK, and is renowned for growing to a large size. It has a bushy nature and produces a large amount of glossy red berries once it has flowered in the spring, that turn black come the autumn months. The colder autumn months also see the rich, dark, oval, glossy, green leaves of the Buckthorn Alder turn a gorgeous shade of yellow. It is often confused for being related to the Alder plant, partly due to Alder appearing in its name, but it isn’t related, although they do look similar. It is a thornless plant that is extremely attractive to wildlife, especially butterflies and bees. The berries also provide food for birds, as well as shelter.
Alder Buckthorn thrives in wet soil as it is a hardy and robust plant, but will also grow well in most soil types. They are often naturally found in woodland, and they can grow up to 16 feet in height, but works well in any type of garden and landscape. The wood from the plant is naturally yellow, and used to be used to make a yellow dye. The timber apparently also makes the best charcoal for gunpowder.
Use Alder Buckthorn as a valuable addition to a mixed species native hedge to give interest and wildlife value.
Alder Buckthorn hedging plants available in economical bare root form. For more information on our Buckthorn Alder plants or any of our other hedging varieties, contact our specialist team members for more information.