Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees


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Posted by Zencat (West Valley City, Utah - Zone 7a) on Jun 22, 2012 1:52 PM

I really like this but the seedlings are invasive. Each year, I pull hundreds of them. I've had some trouble with sub-surface roots making it difficult to plant under and around my hedge. However, it can be done and I have had no problem with digging out some of the roots to get other plants in.

Birds like the fruits. I see Robins, House Finches and the occasional Goldfinch eating them. I just wish they'd eat more.

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