Frangula alnus

Glossy Buckthorn

Per NYS Regulation Part 575, this species is classified as an Invasive Species, and as a NYS based business we are not able to sell these seeds regardless of where the purchaser is located. We have this item listed for reference only.

  • Frangula alnus

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in cold water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination

Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required 

Looking for a versatile and adaptable shrub that can be used for a range of purposes? Look no further than Frangula alnus Glossy Buckthorn. This tall deciduous shrub, also known as Alder Buckthorn, can grow up to 6 meters tall and has ovate leaves that are arranged oppositely or whorled on stems. Its flowers are small and greenish-white, and produce small black berries that drop in late summer to early fall.

Not only is this shrub a great choice for informal hedges, but it also has a range of other uses. The wood can be used to make wooden nails, veneer or shoe lasts, and is a source of high-quality charcoal used by artists. The leaves and bark can be used to produce natural dyes, including a yellow dye used in Russia that turns black when mixed with salts of iron.

In addition to its practical uses, Frangula alnus is also valued for its medicinal properties. Its bark has been traditionally used as a gentle laxative, and is safe for use in children and pregnant women when prescribed in correct dosages. It can also be used to treat liver and gall bladder complaints, and as a tonic and vermifuge.

Whether you're looking for a natural way to dye fabrics or a versatile shrub for your garden, Frangula alnus Glossy Buckthorn has a lot to offer.

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