Alder Buckthorn


Frangula alnus. Bareroot trees of between 60 and 80cm in height. Uk Grown (UK403)

Dispatched November-March 2023/2024

Out of stock

Latin Name: Frangula alnus

Common Name(s): Alder Buckthorn

Plant Type: Perennial

Habitat: Moist Soil, Part Shade



Flowering Time:

May - June

SKU: NS-2 Categories: , , , ,


Alder buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) is a non-spiny Slow growing deciduous shrub, growing to 3–6 m (10–20 ft), occasionally to 7 m. Alder buckthorn grows in wet soils in open woods, scrub, hedgerows and bogs, thriving well in sunlight and moderate shade, but less vigorously in dense shade; it prefers acidic soils though will also grow on neutral soils. Both the fruit and bark will make a yellow dye.

If using in as  hedge: All species in a wildlife hedge can be cut back or “Coppiced” without harm. In the 1st year after establishment the hedge can be cut back to stimulate growth of the hedge from the base thereafter cut every 2-3 years. If the weather is unsuitable for planting or receiving the hedging, dig a hole and bury the roots of the bunched plants, they can be held like that till planting. After planting it is advantageous to mulch the hedge with lawn mowing or leaf mould to suppress weeds and also be done with plastic or carpet cuts and covered with soil.

Additional information

Flowering Time

May, June


Country of Origin




Plant Type

Natural Dye