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Fine Line® Buckthorn Rhamnus frangula

  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
7' 3'
5' - 7'
2' - 3'
  • Details


    Wonderful texture and a narrow form combine in a tough, adaptable plant.

    A great landscape plant, Fine Line buckthorn combines the feathery foliage of 'Asplenifolia' with the narrow upright habit of 'Columnaris.' Use Fine Line in narrow hedgerows for privacy, as an accent plant, or even in a patio container. It's a great vertical accent for the perennial garden, and the narrow habit is perfect for framing entrances. This is an extremely useful, architectural plant for the home or commercial landscape. This cultivar produces very few fruit, and among those, only 2% are viable. Fine Line Rhamnus is an environmentally friendly replacement for weedy, older varieties.

    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 84 Inches
    36 - 60 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    not significant
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Great for a wide range of uses including narrow hedges or screens, accent specimen, patio planters, and combination planters. Good in perennial and shrub borders. Can be used to frame doors and pathways.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Very adaptable, prefers well-drained soil. No pruning is usually required, but may be pruned in late fall to remove dead or broken branches. Though it tolerates dry conditions once established, it looks and performs best with average moisture. If desired, fertilize in early spring with a granular rose or garden fertilizer.

    Fine stems with textured foliage make a  nice filler for bouquets and arrangements.

    PLEASE NOTE: Fine Line® - Buckthorn - Rhamnus frangula is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of IL, IN, MA, MN, NH, NY, OH, or VT.

    Fine Line® Rhamnus frangula 'Ron Williams' USPP 14,791
  • 41 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • This is a really beautiful plant and I was very excited about how it would grow into a big lovely bushy thing. Unfortunately the deer at my bushes down to nothing this fall. I hope they are able to come back. Great bushy plant but not deer proof!

      , 29 weeks ago
    • Great around a patio. No deer damage for us. They prefer our other plants.

      S N
      , 3 years ago
    • This is a great plant and does well. Your comment however about this being deer resistant is not true. The deer eat this every spring as soon as new growth starts. They eat so much of it one of my plants is very stunted. They eat it every year- I have had them about 4 years now.

      Valerie Anwari
      , New York
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • Awesome shrub. Provides nice privacy yet very decorative

      , 7 years ago
    • Definitely one of my most popular shrubs in my shop. It is great for plant to hedge around your patio for privacy or your pots to put around the porch. Easy to grow and with no maintenance its a great plant for anyone!

      Cisco Lawn and Landscape
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • Interesting foliage, small space freindly and low maintenance.

      Christine Christen
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 8 years ago
    • I bought two of these about 8 yrs ago 1 died when I moved it - my fault. Bought another and they are both growing amazingly . Nice tight columnar - now about 10 ft tall. Very narrow base about 1 - 2 ft wide, top about 5 ft diameter. Very hardy in zone 7.

      Michael D Ross
      , New York
      , United States
      , 8 years ago
    • it's a beautiful plan easy to grow having a hard time finding more them

      Joel walking stick
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 8 years ago
    • Wonderful plant, easy to grow, trouble free and highly attractive, our favorite new plant.. We put a couple of these into containers for their first year, and got dozens of comments and inquiries about the tall, feathery plants. They also look great in our borders, adding texture and shape unlike anything else.

      jR J Casey
      , 10 years ago
    • Awesome vertical for large containers!

      Jane E.
      , 10 years ago
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