Variegated Italian Buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus ‘Variegatus’)

Variegated Italian Buckthorn

Variegated Buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus ‘Variegatus’) is one of the most versatile landscape shrubs for warm climates that we have seen, especially for hedges. Unique, bi-color foliage will delight property owners with a very modern sensibility.

If you need a continuous, high performing hedge that crosses through areas of sun or semi-shade, this is your plant. Unlike many other foundation shrubs, it will be equally handsome in both environments.

Variegated Buckthorn isn’t just for hedges either. It can be left to grow into its natural rounded shape or trained and trimmed into nearly any shape that you can imagine. We’ve seen it in many forms – pillars, lollipops, columns – you name it!

Up close the foliage is a pretty blue-green in the center surrounded by an ivory-yellow edge (also known as the leaf margin), but from a distance it takes on an overall silvery sheen. Spring gives you soft orange/white flowers and summer gives small red berries for added color.

Left to its own devices it will grow very tall and wide, but it will easily stay at whatever height you want with a little trimming.

Modern garden trends rely on heavily on variegated foliage to capture and keep interest throughout the year.

  • Drought Tolerant Evergreen
  • Great Plant To Train As A Topiary
  • Pretty Bi-Color Foliage With Multi-Season Interest
  • Sun Or Shade

Variegated Italian Buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus ‘Variegatus’) Details

Common name Variegated Italian Buckthorn
Botanical name Rhamnus alaternus 'Variegatus'
Hardiness zone 7-9
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Winter
Height 8 - 12 ft.
Width 5 - 9 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture (Low in Summer)
Soil condition Well-Drained Soils
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color White, Green
Leaf color Broadleaved Evergreen