Rhamnus alaternus ‘Variegata’

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Rhamnus alaternus ‘Variegata’

One of the finest variegated evergreen shrubs. The finely pointed leaves of this fast growing large drought adapted shrub are boldly edged in cream with a deep green center. Tiny flowers turn into small bright red berries. Often used as cut foliage- especially around the holidays as the leaves remain fresh for many weeks as cut material. Full sun to part shade in average, well drained soil. Very light summer water to none once established. This mediterranean buckthorn is supremely adapted to drought. In rich soil with summer water it will grow insanely fast and large often toppling under these conditions. Accepts any amount of pruning and its best to do this to produce a denser more root stable plant. It thrives in the worst conditions. 12′ tall by 12′ wide but radical and consistent pruning keeps it much smaller and improves density. Excellent summer scaffold for Clematis. Plant on 3′ centers for a fast, dense hedge.  Prune out the very rare green reversions if they appear.  Best with neglect.

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