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Buckthorn (Rhamnus catharticus)


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Buckthorn is a shrub or small tree, up to 6m tall. It usually (but not always) has some thorns. The leaves are similar to those of dogwood with veins curving up to the tip, however the leaves are toothed and the twigs grey or brown rather than red. The flowers are white/green and appear in short clusters on short spurs below the new leaves. The berries are green and then turn black. It flowers from May to June. Picture taken 22nd October 2007 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire.

25th Oct 2007 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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