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Rhamnus frangula ‘Asplenifolia’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A fantastic foliage plant, Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia' has fine leaves, similar to some daintier Acer palmatum cultivars from a distance. Bright green in spring/summer they turn bronze-yellow in autumn before falling to expose an attractive, pale-grey bark with eye-catching lenticels in winter.

An unusual, fine native alder buckthorn that also attracts brimstone butterflies.

Supplied Size: 3L container (30 - 40 cm tall)

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Rhamnus frangula  ‘Asplenifolia’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Rhamnus frangula  ‘Asplenifolia’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Rhamnus frangula  ‘Asplenifolia’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: May.
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Medium or eventually large branching shrub.
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.5 m (8 ft)

Notes: Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia' is an excellent plant for attracting wildlife into a garden.

Plant Finder: about Rhamnus frangula ‘Asplenifolia’

Common names

Alder Buckthorn


Rhamnus frangula ‘Asplenifolia’ (Alder Buckthorn). 'Asplenifolia' is a bushy, deciduous, slow-growing shrub with finely textured, scalloped leaves and producing clusters of green flowers, which are followed by round red fruit that ripens to black in autumn. Foliage is bright green in summer and bronze yellow in the autumn.


They are fully to frost hardy. They will grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil with full sun or partial-shade in hot areas.

Interest and use

Grown for its foliage. Attractive to bees and brimstone butterflies. Grown in shrub borders and for hedging.

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  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -39°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

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