Rhamnus cathartica

Rhamnus cathartica
Rhamnus cathartica

Plant type

ShrubsSmall tree

Common name




  • Shrubs
  • Small tree

    Sun Exposition

  • Half-shadow
  • Sun

    Leaf Persistance

  • Deciduous

    Flower Colour

  • Non significant

    Flowering Period

  • 04-April
  • 05-May
  • 06-June

    Continent of Origin

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europa

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Origin: Europe, Asia, North Western Africa.

Botanical characteristcs: It is a large deciduous shrub or small tree with thorny branches at the apex and reddishbrown bark. Leaves are ovoid-elliptical, serrate, 3-9 cm long., with evident veins parallel to leaf margins, dark green, yellow in autumn. Monoecious plant with flowering in late spring and early summer, flowers are unisexual, greenish-yellow, in axillary bunches.

Agronomic and environmental characteristics: It is spontaneous in thermophilous woods with hot dry climates, on poor, dry, stony, calcareous soils.

Use: It is suitable for hedges and wild gardens or woods or for environmental restoration on arid and poor soils.