Rhamnus saxatilis tinctorius
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Common Name: Dyer's Buckthorn
Rhamnus saxatilis tinctorius is a Deciduous Shrub up to 2.00 metres tall.
It has miscellaneous uses.
There is the suggestion that this species could be mildly poisonous[
S.E. Europe to E. Asia.
Rocky places on calcareous soils in the Mediterranean[
Succeeds in any reasonably good soil. Calcicole, it does not succeed in acid soils.
The species in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
A green dye is obtained from the leaves.
Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will require 1 - 2 months cold stratification and should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame or outdoor seedbed. Germination is usually good, at least 80% by late spring. 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, mid summer in a frame.
Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame.
Layering in early spring.