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alder buckthorn

noun
1.
a shrub or small tree, Frangula alnus, of Eurasia and northern Africa, having nonedible red fruit that turns black when ripe.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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British Dictionary definitions for alder buck thorn

alder buckthorn

noun
1.
a Eurasian rhamnaceous shrub, Frangula alnus, with small greenish flowers and black berry-like fruits
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alder buckthorn

woody shrub or small tree, of the buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae), native to western Asia, Europe, and northern Africa. It has been introduced into North America and other regions, where it is often cultivated as an ornamental. The plant grows rapidly, reaching a height of 5.5 m (about 18 feet); its dark, dense, and lustrous foliage turns yellow in autumn. The alternate, rather oval leaves are 3.75-6 cm (1 12-2 12 inches) long. Small, white flowers are borne in clusters of 2 to 10. The small fruit turns from red to black. Tallhedge buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula 'Columnaris') is a horticultural variety grown for its low maintenance and upright form

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