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Alder Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula)

Unlike other "buckthorns", alder buckthorn does not have thorns. Bearing small fruits which ripen from green to red in summer and turn to purple in early autumn. With mature trees growing to a height of 6 metres.

The size of each plant is between 15 – 50cm in height from the root plug.

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  • Product Description

    Small and thornless, alder buckthorn trees grow along riverbanks, in heathlands, and in moist woodlands. It is found in Wales and England, but it is rare. Late spring brings clusters of pale green blossoms, and fall brings bunches of red berries that mature to a purple-black hue. The Brimstone butterfly's primary feeding plants are purging buckthorn and alder.

    Alder buckthorn bears clusters of tiny yellow flowers, which are followed by crimson berries that turn black when they ripen.
    It is an Ideal tree for planting on crofts, woods, gardens and also makes for great hedging. 


    Tree Attributes

    • Likes damp acidic soils
    • Its berries are a great source of food for birds during winter 
    • Great for hedging
    • Max height 7 metres
    • Very hardy
    • Good habitat for wildlife
  • 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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