Buckthorn - Rhamnus cathartica
Shrub or small tree to 6 metres. Old branches ending in a spine tip. Leaves oval, opposite or clustered, long stalked and toothed. Flowers greenish 3 to 4 mm in dense clusters arising from the older branches or solitary. The male and female flowers on separate plants. Berries black when ripe.
Woodland scrub and hedgerows.
May and June.
Fairly frequent in England but much less so in Scotland and Wales.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 233 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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