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Fine Line® Buckthorn Rhamnus frangula

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
7' 3'
Height
5' - 7'
Spread
2' - 3'
  • Details

    Features

    Wonderful texture and a narrow form combine in a tough, adaptable plant.

    A great landscape plant, Fine Line buckthorn combines the feathery foliage of 'Asplenifolia' with the narrow upright habit of 'Columnaris.' Use Fine Line in narrow hedgerows for privacy, as an accent plant, or even in a patio container. It's a great vertical accent for the perennial garden, and the narrow habit is perfect for framing entrances. This is an extremely useful, architectural plant for the home or commercial landscape. This cultivar produces very few fruit, and among those, only 2% are viable. Fine Line Rhamnus is an environmentally friendly replacement for weedy, older varieties.

    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 84 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Green
    Flower Shade: 
    not significant
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Great for a wide range of uses including narrow hedges or screens, accent specimen, patio planters, and combination planters. Good in perennial and shrub borders. Can be used to frame doors and pathways.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Very adaptable, prefers well-drained soil. No pruning is usually required, but may be pruned in late fall to remove dead or broken branches. Though it tolerates dry conditions once established, it looks and performs best with average moisture. If desired, fertilize in early spring with a granular rose or garden fertilizer.

    Fine stems with textured foliage make a  nice filler for bouquets and arrangements.

    PLEASE NOTE: Fine Line® - Buckthorn - Rhamnus frangula is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of IL, IN, MA, MN, NH, NY, OH, or VT.

    Fine Line® Rhamnus frangula 'Ron Williams' USPP 14,791
  • 41 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • This is a really beautiful plant and I was very excited about how it would grow into a big lovely bushy thing. Unfortunately the deer at my bushes down to nothing this fall. I hope they are able to come back. Great bushy plant but not deer proof!

      Bob
      , 23 min ago
    • Has some yellow crusted on the leaves, and this is the second year for this shrub. It is not full like the pic. It has very few leaves on it and looks like its not going to make. Not happy with this shrub.

      Elizabeth Frost
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • I have 6 of them in a row going around a curve on my patio. All of them get crown rust and I have to spray them with a fungicide. And they all look diseased. They are a lot of work and stress to keep healthy. They look so beautiful and fluffy when you plant them when they are young. But as they grow they seem to dry out, thin out and get ugly. On top of all that Beatle bugs love them so you have to spray for that to. Eventually I'll have to tear them out and go with something else. If I would have known about the rusty fungus I wouldn't have gotten them. So disappointed disgusted.

      Lori
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 23 weeks ago
    • Great around a patio. No deer damage for us. They prefer our other plants.

      S N
      , 2 years ago
    • I bought a Buckthorn tree in April and planted it in a large container on my patio. It was beautiful, but now has one side that is dried up and looks dead. It is definitely thinning out, am afraid it is dying. I water very day because the moisture meter says it needs it. I don't know what to do about it and hate so much to lose it. I have given it some Osmocote but it doesn't seem to be helping. Does any one have any suggestions?

      Margie
      , Tennessee
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
    • This is a great plant and does well. Your comment however about this being deer resistant is not true. The deer eat this every spring as soon as new growth starts. They eat so much of it one of my plants is very stunted. They eat it every year- I have had them about 4 years now.

      Valerie Anwari
      , New York
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
    • This is a great plant and does well. Your comment however about this being deer resistant is not true. The deer eat this every spring as soon as new growth starts. They eat so much of it one of my plants is very stunted. They eat it every year- I have had them about 4 years now.

      Valerie Anwari
      , New York
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
    • Awesome shrub. Provides nice privacy yet very decorative

      Jan
      , 7 years ago
    • Definitely one of my most popular shrubs in my shop. It is great for plant to hedge around your patio for privacy or your pots to put around the porch. Easy to grow and with no maintenance its a great plant for anyone!

      Cisco Lawn and Landscape
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • Interesting foliage, small space freindly and low maintenance.

      Christine Christen
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
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