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Ruscus aculeatus

Common Name(s):
Butcher's broom
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Drought and heat tolerant; may sucker to form colonies

Height:
1.5-3 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple dark green leaves; 0.7 to 1.5 in. long; prickly; long lasting as cut foliage
Flower:
0.2 in. dull gray-white flowers in spring; glossy red fruit on female plants in fall (provided there is a male plant nearby); persists into winter; some cultivars are perfect flowered
Zones:
7 to 9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Partial shade to shade; range of soil types
Form:
Mound of erect, rigid stems
Width:
2-4 ft.
Tags:
evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1760

Ruscus aculeatus Ruscus aculeatus
Bernard Dupont, CC BY-NC-2.0
Ruscus aculeatus Ruscus aculeatus
Bernard Dupont, CC BY-NC-2.0