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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 5 - 7 feet
Plant Spread: 3 - 5 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP 14,791
Goes Dormant
Parentage: Columnaris x Aspleniifolia
Child plants: one child plant

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Fine Line®
Cultivar name: 'Ron Williams'
Common names
  • Alder Buckthorn
  • Fern Leaf Buckthorn
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Frangula alnus subsp. alnus
  • Synonym: Rhamnus frangula

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  • Posted by goldfinch4 (Ripon, Wisconsin) on Oct 2, 2011 4:19 AM concerning plant:
    Considered invasive in some areas, however, mine has never produced a sucker and is very well behaved. Mine is quite a bit larger than its supposed to be - approx. 10 feet tall x 6 feet wide. It has beautiful foliage, small serrated leaves, very pretty. The flowers are insignificant, but they look similar to babies breath flowers. One of my favorite shrubs.
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chelle On October 1, 2014 Transplanted
Planted mid-way along garage/shed wall, north side - for morning and late afternoon sun only. (Probably a temporary position until roof construction is finished.)
aspenhill On April 25, 2019 Obtained plant
Conestoga Nursery - qty 1
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