How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Rhamnus, Buckthorn, Coffeeberry, Redberry—Rhamnus spp.
Family Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn family)

Plant Identification

Rhamnus spp. are evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees.  Leaves are often shiny or glossy.  Clusters of flowers are fairly inconspicuous.  Pea-sized black or red berries form and are attractive to birds.

Optimum conditions for growth

The buckthorn family of trees and shrubs are generally planted as background plants or hedges.  Plants do best in full sun or partial shade.  Some species require some shade in very hot areas.  Most established plants need little to no water.  Some species require regular watering.  Prune to shape.

Foliage of rhamnus
Shiny leaves of John Edwards Italian buckthorn

Pests and disorders of Rhamnus spp.

Invertebrates

 

Diseases

 

Environmental disorders

Weeds

Vertebrates


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