Common Buckthorn

Rhamnus cathartica

Common Buckthorn: Full Tree - Click for larger image
Leaves
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Bark
Distribution and Uses

Leaves

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Buckthorn: Leaves - Click for larger image
Buckthorn: Fruit - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures

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Bark

Photo by Jill Clapp-Hansen

Distribution & Uses

  • Widely distributed in North America; found as far north as Nova Scotia and North Dakota, as far south as Kansas and North Carolina

  • Often found in thickets and hedgerows

  • In 1800s, cultivated for hedges and wildlife habitat

Buckthorn: Bark - Click for larger image