Variegated Italian Buckthorn

Originally uploaded by mulysa_may

RHAMNACEAE, The Buckthorn family
Rhamnus alternatus ‘Variegata’
USDA zone 7b

A nice drought-tolerant combination: This large evergreen shrub with cream-blooming potentilla and Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’. A subtle, silvery affair. Add Ozothamnus ‘Silver Jubilee’ or Artemisia ‘Silver Mound’ to brighten it, and some big bold Euphorbias, like E. wulfenii to anchor.

This buckthorn is not at all like the invasive duo so well known to Midwesterners. It’s also unlike my darling ‘Fine line’. One of its best attributes, besides being fast growing and generally good looking, is the burgundy skin on the new growth. Oh, and despite the name, it has no thorns.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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