FINE LINE® Buckthorn

Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 5-7' Width/Spread: 2-4'

Fine Line® buckthorn is a non-invasive selection with a very unique look. Long, skinny leaves and a naturally narrow, columnar habit combine to pack a lot of interested texture and coverage into very little space. Unlike weedy buckthorns, this selection produces very little seed. It makes a striking specimen, looks elegant when planted close together for a space-saving privacy hedge, happily performs as a centerpiece in decorative containers, and is generally an excellent choice for front-yard plantings, as its shape is ideal for covering with lights.

Note: Rhamnus frangula is now known as Frangula alnus.

Why grow Fine Line buckthorn?

  • Super versatile garden placement
  • Non-invasive version of a favored landscape plant
  • Tough landscape performance

Buckthorn habit icon


Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)

Soil: Any well-drained soil will do.

Water: Low to average water needs. Drought tolerant once established.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. One application of a granular rose fertilizer in early spring is sufficient.

Pruning: Little required. In general, avoid any severe pruning or cutting back, as recovery will be slow. Any errant branches can be removed as needed. If you wish to grow it as a clipped hedge, you may, but it is necessary to keep on the process, as cuts into branches pencil-thickness or larger are slow to recover from. Time pruning for late spring, and keep well-watered during recovery.

Other notes: This is a fairly slow-growing shrub, so particularly if planting for privacy, start with the largest plants you can find. Shallow roots benefit from a good 2-3″/5-7cm layer of shredded bark mulch.

Botanical Name

Rhamnus frangula 'Ron Williams' PP#14,791


2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Dry, Well-draining

Season of Interest



Borders, Containers, Hedges, Mass Planting, Specimen


Award winner, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Non-invasive

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