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Purging Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

Displaying yellow-green flowers in spring, these trees can grow to be 10m tall. The name "purging buckthorn" comes from the laxative properties of its berries.  These trees are 15–60 cm tall, and they are cultivated from seed in cells. The size of each plant is between 15 – 50cm in height from the root plug.

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  • Product Description

    Referred to as Purging Buckthorn it is  a huge, dense, spiky deciduous shrub that grows best in calcareous soils but can tolerate most types of soil. It has a suckering habit. It is significant to wildlife because the caterpillars of the Brimstone butterfly only have two food sources—its leaves—and because the larvae of Tiger Moths feed on it and the adult Brimstones are drawn to the blooms.

    Many different types of species find food and shelter in it, and its dense growth draws in birds searching for somewhere to build nests. 


    Tree attributes

    • Easy to plant, little cultivation needed
    • Suitable for windy sites and high altitude
    • Can be planted in clay, chalk and light sandy soils
    • Can still grow in partial shade
    • Grows to a height of 10 metres
  • Our Commitment

    Our trees are planted, grown and cared for on site. This means, once the seeds are delivered to us we plant them, establish them in our polytunnels and then harden them off. The trees you are delivered have been with us since seed and we look after them until the moment they leave.

    Every tree is handpicked and packaged with the utmost care and attention to ensure your trees are delivered fighting fit to help against climate change. 

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  • Deliveries

    All postage and packaging charges for products delivered to the Mainland UK are included within the price. Additional charges apply for Northern Ireland, The Highlands & Scottish Isles, The Channel Islands, Scilly Isles & Isle of Man when ordering more than 8 trees.

    As a guide, orders for 8 plants or more will be sent via a courier, 8 plants or fewer will be sent by Royal Mail.

    For more information, please visit the Delivery page

  • Refunds

    Your happiness is our business and that is why we individually check every single tree that we send out. If you have a concern about your tree, please get in touch with us within 7 days so that we can diagnose the issue. Very rarely, we might ask you to send the tree back to us in secure packaging to help us identify the issue but often we can identify the issue with photographs.

    For more information, please visit the Refunds page

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