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Products > Rhamnus alaternus 'Variegata'
Rhamnus alaternus 'Variegata' - Variegated Buckthorn
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorns)
Origin: Portugal (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Greenish White
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteo-variegata']
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 8-10 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Rhamnus alaternus 'Variegata' (Variegated Buckthorn) - As with the species, Rhamnus alaternus, this cultivar is a good upright growing evergreen shrub for a hedge or screening. This selection seems to grow more compact than the species, probably only reaching to 8 to 12 feet tall, and has foliage that is variegated with cream-white broad bands along the leaf margins. Winter to spring-blooming with red buds opening to display small greenish-yellow flowers, which produce only a few fruit. Plant in full sun to part shade, where once established it is very tolerate of heat and drought. Hardy to 10 F and we have had reports down to 7 F. A very useful plant for hedges that go in and out of shade and full sun as it is tolerant of both with its nice foliage for useful in the vase, making it a very popular plant in the cut flower industry. We have grown this plant since 1997 using this name but have also more recently seen it being listed by others as Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteo-variegata' or 'Argenteovariegata' and it was under this latter name that it received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993. For more information on the species, see < href="plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=1345" target="_blank"> Rhamnus alaternus.  Information displayed on this page about  Rhamnus alaternus 'Variegata' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.