GLEBE TREES AND SHRUBS
European buckthorn (Ramnus cathartica)
May 3, 2008, Broadway Ave. at Brown's Inlet. Photo on right, May 22, 2008
Leaves are roundish to oval, toothed, opposite (sometimes sub-opposite), shiny.
April 24, 2008, Broadway Ave. at Brown's Inlet.
The olive-brown colour with the prominent white lenticels of these young trees makes it quite distinct from the
surrounding shrubbery. Older trees have birch-like bark, though darker.
March 14, 2009, Broadway Ave. at Brown's Inlet.
This needs to be confirmed as the right identification. The buds are like small furry mice, or little brown bats.
May 22, 2008
June 14, 2008 - Early fruit. Buckthorn fruit have three unevenly rounded stones.
April 17, 2009. Last year's fruit, often noted on branches here and there.
Terminal thorn visible in photo.
Similar speciesGlossy buckthorn leaves are generally toothless, and there are no terminal thorns on the shoots. European
buckthorn have fine teeth and terminal thorns. In practice, I find that these differentiating features may not
List of trees and shrubs with opposite, simple, toothed leaves