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.
Native from the Balkans to Pakistan. Forms an airy, upright, fine-textured mound to 1 1/2 ft. high and...
From Taiwan. Loose, unruly grower to 8–12 ft. tall and wide. Best known for its varieties. Among...
China. Not as vigorous, large, or hardy as the American native C. radicans, but flowers are s...