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Ruscus aculeatus - 'Sparkler' (Ruscus, Butchers Broom)

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 shrub is an ornamental variety derived from the native Ruscus, producing orange red winter berries which providing winter interest. It produces suckering 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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