Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees
Grown for form and foliage; clusters of small flowers are rather inconspicuous. Used chiefly as background plantings or hedges. Berries (typically pea size) are enjoyed by birds; volunteer seedlings may be a nuisance.Rhamnus alaternus
Evergreen shrub or small tree, native to the Mediterranean region. Fast, dense growth to 10–20 ft. tall and wide. Oval, shiny bright green leaves to 2 in. long; small black berries. Easily trained as a single- or multitrunked tree. Takes well to shearing and shaping. Tolerates heat; does well with little or no water but also accepts regular watering.
‘John Edwards’ is a vigorous, fast-growing, long-lived, cutting-grown variety that grows to 15–18 ft. tall and 6–10 ft. wide. Compact ‘Variegata’ (‘Argenteovariegata’) grows to 6–8 ft. tall and equally wide; has cream-edged foliage. If branches with plain green leaves appear, cut them out or they’ll quickly take over.
This evergreen shrub is more upright (to 10–12 ft. tall and wide) than E. pungens, with...
Hardy to 0°F/–18°C, but foliage is damaged by winter cold. Chinese native. Dense, uprigh...
Fragrant, 1 1/2-in.-long flowers appear in late winter, early spring, with occasional sporadic bloom i...