Italian buckthorn, Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata'

Rhamnus alaternus ‘Argenteovariegata’

Italian buckthorn

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata'
  • Common name: Italian buckthorn
  • Family: Rhamnaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Variegation

Rhamnus alaternus, or Italian buckthorn, is an evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean scrublands.

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Rhamnus alaternus ‘Argenteovariegata’ is a variegated cultivar with silver-green leaves edged with cream. In late spring and early summer, small, fragrant, golden flowers are produced followed by glossy red berries in autumn. Rhamnus alaternus ‘Argenteovariegata’ isn’t reliably hardy so should not be planted in very cold, exposed locations. It makes a good hedging plant and also looks good as part of a coastal border.

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For best results, grow Rhamnus alaternus ‘Argenteovariegata’ in full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. It holds the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Rhamnus 'Argenteovariegata'

  • Plant size

    3m height

    3m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Rhamnus 'Argenteovariegata' and wildlife

Rhamnus 'Argenteovariegata' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Rhamnus 'Argenteovariegata' poisonous?

Rhamnus 'Argenteovariegata' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Rhamnus 'Argenteovariegata'