General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 2 - 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 - 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Broadleaf
Other: Foliage is consisted of thick, leaf-like stems (cladodes) terminating in a needle-like spiny point.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small, 3/8" bright red, waxy berries.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: Flowers grow in the center of the cladodes, nearer the base than the tip
Flower Color: Other: Greenish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious

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Common names
  • Butcher's Broom
  • Knee Holly
  • Jew's Myrtle

Photo Gallery
Location: Conservatory, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor
Date: 2018-01-28
Asparagaceae:  Ruscus aculeatus - berries from the previous year
Location: Conservatory, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor
Date: 2018-01-28
Asparagaceae:  Ruscus aculeatus - emerging blooms can just be mad
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-02-04
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Brussels)
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Brussels)
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-08-30
Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Fallbrook California
Date: 2012-12-30
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-08-30

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