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Redberry Buckthorn
Scientific Name: Rhamnus crocea Nutt.
Family: Rhamnaceae
Redberry Buckthorn (Rhamnus  crocea)
Picture U.S.D.A Forest Service, Courtesy of the Hunt Institute
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 14-21
USDA: 5-9

Heat Tolerance: Part shade inland

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: USA (California, Arizona), northwestern Mexico, in dry washes and canyons, below 3000 feet elevation (900 m)

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub, 2 to 7 feet tall and wide (60-200 cm); rigid spiny branchlets; roundish leathery leaves, mostly glabrous, 0.2 to 0.6 inch long and wide (0.5-1.5 cm)

Watering Needs: Little water


The name 'crocea' comes from the Latin for saffron-colored.

Blooming Habits:
Small greenish yellow flowers in March to April.

Fruiting Habits:
The berries of R. crocea are bright red, 0.25 inch in diameter (6 mm), containing 2 seeds and are supposed to be edible when cooked.

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