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Buckthorn - Fine Line®

Columnar Shrub That Provides Texture but Saves Space

Fine Line Buckthorn is a deciduous shrub.  Use one as a foundation planting, or several as a backdrop for your perennial bed.  It also makes an excellent privacy screen.

If you need a versatile shrub and have limited space requirements, then Fine Line Buckthorn is for you.  This Proven Winner’s selection features fern-like foliage for a wispy appearance that will add texture to your landscape.  It’s narrow, columnar growth makes it a valuable addition to any area where you’d like a vertical accent in a small area. 

Fine Line Buckthorn will grow 5-7 feet tall, but only 2 feet wide.  It doesn't self-seed, so isn't weedy and also isn’t invasive (as some similar varieties are).  The foliage turns yellow for fall, so some autumn interest is an added bonus.

A truly versatile, deciduous shrub, Fine Line Buckthorn will easily find a home in one or more spots in your landscape this year.

* Tight, columnar habit
* Adaptable to a variety of soils
* Good container plant
* Drought tolerant (once established)
* Wildlife interest
* Urban tolerant
* Non invasive
* Proven Winner selection
* Deer resistant

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Ms Review by T. Mosier
Love it and looking for more! This is a fantastic choice for small or narrow spaces. It's wispy, fern-like foliage adds some softness but the plant is very sturdy. It has not spread or become invasive and I'm looking to add a few more. A very unique plant!
Arboretum Curator Review by Gary Zimmer
'Fineline' is a great accent plant in the landscape and is absolutely not invasive. I am an arboretum curator and also a landscape designer and have never seen a "volunteer" plant in either the arboretum nor any of my landscapes. 'Fineline' provides a great texture accent, and fits nearly anywhere. I just don't want people to panic when they see the word "buckthorn."
Good plant in zone 7 Review by LaurieB
Although, I didn't purchase my Fineline Buckthorn from this vendor, I felt I should offer a review in its defense. This shrub/tree is not invasive at all. The seeds are minimal in number and have not germinated anywhere in our yard. We were careful to select only this variety to plant. After three years in the ground the plant is 6.5 feet tall, and approx. 22 inches wide. It provides a pleasing variety of texture in our landscape.
Fine Line Buckthorn is Invasive! Review by Ellen Jacquart
<P>Information on the website is incorrect - Fine Line produces fruits, and they have viable seeds. It is invasive, and claims to the contrary are unsupported by any evidence. Unless you can post actual studies that how it is not invasive, please change the information on your website so consumers know what they are getting. Thank you.</P><P><STRONG>NHN Follow-up:</STRONG> We went to the Proven Winners website which is the originator of this plant and the comment posted on their website is as follows: This cultivar produces very few fruit, none of which have been shown to be viable. FINE LINEᆴ is a responsible and environmentally friendly replacement for weedy, older varieties.</P><P>You may contact Proven Winners at</P><P> </P>

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  15.01 - 30.00     $    12.95
  30.01 - 50.00     $    15.95
  50.01 - 75.00     $    19.95
  75.01 - 150.00     $    23.95
  150.01 - 250.00     $    29.95
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Select (bare root) Trees - Hand-selected quality bare root trees. The height of the tree you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.

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  • •  #1 Container - Ranges from 2.26-3.73 quarts or 2.49-4.11 liters
  • •  #2 Container - Equal to 1.19-1.76 gallons or 5.246-7.770 liters
  • •  #3 Container - Equal to 2.32-2.76 gallons or 10.285-12.164 liters
  • •  #5 Container - Equal to 2.92-4.62 gallons or 12.86-20.36 liters
  • •  5.5" pot is 5 1/2" x 5" x 5" which is equal to 1.89 of a quart or 1.78 liters
  • •  4.5" pot is 4.5" round x 4" deep and equal to 1.31 pints or 619.8 milliliters
  • •  4" and 3.5" pots may measure 4"x 4"x3 1/2" which is equal to .87 of a quart or .82 of a liter in volume or 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" which is equal to .67 of a quart or .63 of a liter in volume.
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Plant Facts

Family Rhamnus frangula ‘Ron Williams’ (PP14,791)
Foliage Green, Fern - Like
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 2 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 2-8
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Mature Form Upright, Columnar
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Shade
Fall Color Yellow

Buckthorn - Fine Line®.

Rating: 3.5/5 based on 5 review(s)
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