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Ruscus aculeatus (Butchers Broom, Ruscus)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Ruscus aculeatus Description

This low growing native shrub, with its dense evergreen spinney foliage, is ideal in a naturalistic woodland setting - flourishing under shade. Though not highly attractive it is useful as ground cover, and bears attractive red winter berries. 1m tall by 2m spread.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Ruscus aculeatus:
  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade
Weaknesses of Ruscus aculeatus
  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers
Design & Plant Use for Ruscus aculeatus:
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location


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Ruscus aculeatus (Butchers Broom, Ruscus)

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