|Species:||Rhamnus cathartica L.|
|Italian common noun:||Buckthorn|
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.
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