Carolina Buckthorn – Rhamnus Caroliniana

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Carolina Buckthorn – Rhamnus Caroliniana

Overview: Carolina Buckthorn, scientifically known as Rhamnus Caroliniana, is a versatile and resilient shrub native to the southeastern United States. It is prized for its lush foliage, vibrant berries, and adaptability to various soil types and environmental conditions.


Typical Uses:

Carolina Buckthorn serves multiple purposes in landscaping and gardening:

  • As a hedge or privacy screen due to its dense growth habit
  • In mixed shrub borders for texture and color contrast
  • As a wildlife-friendly plant, attracting birds with its berries
  • As an erosion control measure, thanks to its deep root system

Establishment and Care Instructions:

Planting: Choose a location with well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and slightly shallower. Place the shrub in the hole and backfill with soil, gently firming it around the roots. Water thoroughly.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the first growing season. Once established, Carolina Buckthorn is moderately drought-tolerant.

Pruning: Prune in late winter to early spring to shape the plant and remove any dead or damaged branches. Regular pruning promotes denser growth and enhances the plant’s appearance.

Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring before new growth begins to support healthy development.

Special Features and Usage:

Carolina Buckthorn offers several notable features:

  • Berries: Produces clusters of small, black berries in late summer, attracting birds and adding ornamental value.
  • Foliage: Dark green, glossy leaves provide year-round interest, turning a rich red in fall.
  • Adaptability: Thrives in various soil types, including clay and sandy soils, and tolerates both wet and dry conditions.
  • Wildlife Habitat: Supports local ecosystems by providing food and shelter for birds and other wildlife.
Soil Moisture

Well Drained

Light Requirement

Full Sun, Partial Shade


Spring, Winter


1 Gallon, 5 Gallon


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