The Common buckthorn is a tough little tree that will survive in many conditions and situations. It is ideal in a woodland area or as part of a native hedge. This Buckthorn also has an important role in attracting wildlife, similar to the Alder buckthorn, as the leaves are an important food source for the caterpillars of the Brimstone butterfly and for the Tiger Moth larvae.
The leaves display Autumn colour, generally turning yellow before being lost from the branches. Earlier in the year, red berries are formed and in the Autumn these turn black.
In addition to being a larval food source, the flowers of Common buckthorn attract the adult Brimstone butterflies. The berries are great for birds later in the year.
It has a dense growth habit and spiny branches