Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Indian Cherry; Carolina Buckthorn

Rhamnus caroliniana
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Orange, Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

15 to
20
feet

Spread:

10 to
15
feet
Size
Height: 15 to
20
feet
Spread: 10 to
15
feet
Size
Height: 15 to
20
feet
Spread: 10 to
15
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Specimen, shrub border, hedgerow or screen. Use along the edge of a woodland and to attract birds.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soils.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Handsome shrub or small tree with dark, shiny green leaves and beautiful, sweet, round fruit that turns from red to black. Fruit ripens from August-October. Fall foliage is yellow to orange-yellow and sometimes lasts into winter.

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