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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.