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Rhamnus alnifolia (Alderleaf buckthorn)
Smith, R.W.

Rhamnus alnifolia

Rhamnus alnifolia L'Hér.

Alderleaf buckthorn

Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)


USDA Symbol: rhal

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown


USA: CA , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Habitat: Woodland,Swamp/Marsh,Bog/Fen,Lakeshores

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: High


Use Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: Berries. Low toxicity if eaten. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Toxic Principle: Glycosides. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Pale Swallowtail

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Rhamnus alnifolia is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Pale Swallowtail
(Papilio eurymedon)

Larval Host
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Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Rhamnus alnifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rhamnus alnifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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