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Sharp-tooth buckthorn (Rhamnus arguta)

Sharp-tooth buckthorn Common Names: Saw-tooth buckthorn

Description: The plant has become naturalized in Indiana.

Habit: Shrub or small tree growing 2-3 m. in height.

Leaves: Deciduous, usually opposite - subopposite, sometimes alternate, fascicled on short shoots, separating with age; petiole 10-28 mm.; green on lower surface, darker green on upper surface; ovate, oblong-ovate or ovate-cordate, 2.5-6 cm., spinulose/serrate margins.

Stems: Unbranched, rarely branched with weak thorns.

Flowers: Solitary, Pedicels 10-24 mm., 4 sepals and 4 petals.

Fruit and seeds: Drupes black in color, globose to obovoid-globose, 7-10 mm..

Habitat: Native to Asia. Found in disturbed sites.

Reproduction: By seed.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from Flora of North America - eFloras.

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Common Name:

Sharp-tooth buckthorn

Scientific Name:

Rhamnus arguta







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