Edible usesThere are no edible uses listed for Rhamnus frangula.
A green dye is obtained from the unripe fruit. A blue or grey dye is obtained from the ripe berries. Plants can be grown as an informal (untrimmed) hedge, though they are also amenable to trimming. The cultivar 'Tallhedge (syn 'Columnaris') is very suitable for this purpose.The wood is used to make wooden nails, shoe lasts, veneer etc. It is the source of a high quality charcoal that is used by artists.
The inner bark is cathartic, cholagogue, laxative (the fresh bark is violently purgative), tonic, vermifuge. It is taken internally as a laxative for chronic atonic constipation and is also used to treat abdominal bloating, hepatitis, cirrhosis, jaundice, and liver and gall bladder complaints. It should be used with caution since excess doses or using the bark before it is cured can cause violent purging. Externally, the bark is used to treat gum diseases and scalp infestations, or as a lotion for minor skin irritations.The fruit is occasionally used, it is aperient without being irritating.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame.Layering in early spring.
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Plants are hardy to at least -15°c. Alder buckthorn is a slow-growing plant, though it coppices well. It was at one time often grown for its wood which was used in making charcoal. The plants regenerate well after forest fires or grazing. Plants flower on one-year old wood and also on the current year's growth. Cultivated as a medicinal plant in S. Europe. Often bears the aecidospore stage of 'crown rust' of oats. The species in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus.A good bee plant and a main food plant for the larvae of the yellow brimstone butterfly.
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