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Ruscus aculeatus

Butcher's broom

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to April
  • Height0.25m to 1m
  • Spread0.7m to 1m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourGreenish, violet-spotted
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green

Description

Ruscus aculeatus (Butcher's broom). This is a tough upright branching evergreen subshrub. The spring flowers are followed by bright red berries. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Broom

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Banks ornamental fruit. Tolerates coastal conditions

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • WaterSemi-moist, Dry or Moist

Cultivation

These plants tolerate full sun to part-shade and any soil but very waterlogged.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by division.

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