Rhamnus frangula – Fine Line® Buckthorn


A great landscape plant, Fine Line buckthorn combines the feathery foliage of ‘Asplenifolia’ with the narrow upright habit of ‘Columnaris.’

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Wonderful texture and a narrow form combine in a tough, adaptable plant.

A great landscape plant, Fine Line buckthorn combines the feathery foliage of ‘Asplenifolia’ with the narrow upright habit of ‘Columnaris.’ Use Fine Line in narrow hedgerows for privacy, as an accent plant, or even in a patio container. It’s a great vertical accent for the perennial garden, and the narrow habit is perfect for framing entrances. This is an extremely useful, architectural plant for the home or commercial landscape. This cultivar produces very few fruit, none of which have been shown to be viable. Fine Line Rhamnus is a responsible and environmentally friendly replacement for weedy, older varieties.

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Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary
Drought Tolerant


Duration: Shrub
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Height Category: Tall
Garden Height: 60 – 84 Inches
Spacing: 36 – 60 Inches
Spread: 24 – 36 Inches
Flower Colors: Green
Flower Shade: not significant
Foliage Colors: Green
Foliage Shade: Green
Habit: Upright
Container Role: Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: Easy
Bloom Time: Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 2a2b3a3b4a4b5a5b6a6b7a7b
Water Category: Average
Uses: Border Plant
Uses: Container
Uses: Landscape
Uses: Mass Planting
Uses Notes: Great for a wide range of uses including narrow hedges or screens, accent specimen, patio planters, and combination planters. Good in perennial and shrub borders. Can be used to frame doors and pathways.

PLEASE NOTE: Fine Line® Rhamnus is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of IL, MA, MN, NH, VT and Canada.

Maintenance Notes:

Very adaptable, prefers well-drained soil. No pruning is usually required, but may be pruned in late fall to remove dead or broken branches. Medium moisture, can tolerate dry conditions once established. Attracts birds in the fall. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.


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