Glossy Buckthorn Rhamnus frangula
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn)
Like Common Buckthorn, this introduced shrub is mainly found near
cities and areas that were once cleared. It is quite distinctive
as it has small, hairy and naked end buds, unlike any other species.
When young it tends to have few (or a single) stem but as it
ages, younger stems sprout up around it, giving older plants a very
dense, shrubby appearance.
The distinctive end bud of Glossy Buckthorn
Another look at the end bud and a lateral bud (notice the raised leaf scars)
Glossy buckthorn fruits. They are not usually present in the winter (unlike Common Buckthorn)
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