|Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia'
(Fern Leaf Glossy Buckthorn)
Botanical Name: Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia'
Fern Leaf Glossy Buckthorn
The creamy-green flowers appear after the foliage emerges so they are not showy, but are very attractive to bees.
Mid Spring. Early to mid-May.
The green leaves are extremely narrow. The edges are irregular and wavy - reminiscent of a fern, hence the common name. Leaves turn yellow in the fall.
A small drupe that turns from red to black during the late summer.
An upright, vase shaped shrub that forms a rounded head when mature.
10 to 12 feet tall with a width of 6 to 10 feet.
Full sun to part shade. Does perform better if not in a hot, dry sunny location.
Description: This is a very interesting slow growing shrub that can eventually get 10 to 12 feet high but can be kept back with pruning. It has very narrow, long, threadlike leaves and looks somewhat similar to a large Sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina) but with even thinner more finely textured foliage. It can be used as an accent plant in certain areas or as a filler for the shrub border with a very, very different texture. This plant, if trimmed and opened up a little bit, could give somewhat the same appearance as a threadleaf maple. The leaves are certainly similar, and Rhamnus would be hardy in areas that cannot sustain Acer palmatum in northern New England. It has a very different texture and should be used far, far more than it is.