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Rhamnus saxatilis - L.                
                 
Common Name Avignon Berry, Rock buckthorn
Family Rhamnaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards There is the suggestion that this species could be mildly poisonous[19, 65].
Habitats Rocky places on calcareous soils in the Mediterranean[1, 50].
Range S.W. Europe.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Rhamnus saxatilis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
R. infectoria. L.
Rhamnus saxatilis Avignon Berry, Rock buckthorn


Rhamnus saxatilis Avignon Berry, Rock buckthorn
   
Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses                                         
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Dye.

A yellow to greenish dye is obtained from the unripe fruit[1, 11, 57, 103, 171]. This dye was at one time commonly used until the advent of chemically produced dyes.
Cultivation details                                         
Succeeds in any reasonably good soil[11]. Requires a calcareous soil[50]. Formerly cultivated as a dye plant[61]. The species in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will require 1 - 2 months cold stratification at about 5° and should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame or outdoor seedbed[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame. Layering in early spring[4].
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Rhamnus alaternusItalian Buckthorn00
Rhamnus carolinianusIndian Cherry, Oak, Carolina Buckthorn21
Rhamnus catharticaCommon Buckthorn03
Rhamnus croceusRed Berry20
Rhamnus dahuricaDahurian Buckthorn11
Rhamnus frangulaAlder Buckthorn03
Rhamnus globosalokao00
Rhamnus grandiflora 20
Rhamnus japonicaJapanese buckthorn11
Rhamnus leptophyllus 10
Rhamnus lycioides 00
Rhamnus nepalensis 11
Rhamnus persicus 20
Rhamnus purpureus 01
Rhamnus purshianaCascara Sagrada23
Rhamnus saxatilis tinctoriusDyer's Buckthorn00
Rhamnus triquetra 01
Rhamnus utilisChinese Buckthorn00
Rhamnus virgatus 11
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