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Rhamnus cathartica L.
common buckthorn



General Information
Symbol: RHCA3
Group: Dicot
Family: Rhamnaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub
Tree
Native Status: CAN   I
L48   I
Data Source and Documentation
Colorado"Connecticut"Idaho"Illinois"Kentucky"Maine"Massachusetts"Michigan"Minnesota"Missouri"Montana"Nebraska"NewNewNewNorthOhio"Pennsylvania"RhodeSouthUtah"Vermont"Virginia"WestWisconsin"Wyoming"
Distribution Map
green distribution legend Present blank legend Absent/Unreported

See U.S. county distributions (when available) by clicking on the map or the linked states below:

USA (CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY), CAN (AB, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK)

Images

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Synonyms

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rhamnales
Family Rhamnaceae – Buckthorn family
Genus Rhamnus L. – buckthorn
Species Rhamnus cathartica L. – common buckthorn

Subordinate Taxa

This plant has no children

Legal Status

Noxious Weed Information
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete noxious weed list for that location, or click here for a composite list of all Federal and State Noxious Weeds.
Connecticut
common buckthorn
Invasive, banned
Iowa
Rhamnus
buckthorn
Primary noxious weed 1
Massachusetts
common buckthorn
Prohibited
Minnesota
common buckthorn, European buckthorn
Restricted noxious weed
New Hampshire
common buckthorn
Prohibited invasive Species
Vermont
common buckthorn
Class B noxious weed
1except R. frangula
U.S. Weed Information
Rhamnus cathartica
European buckthorn
European waythorn
Hart's thorn
common buckthorn
nerprun cathartique
This plant and the related entity italicized and indented above can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
STATE Assorted authors. State noxious weed lists for 46 states. State agriculture or natural resource departments.
WI Hoffman, R.and K. Kearns (eds.). 1997. Wisconsin manual of control recommendations for ecologically invasive plants. Wisconsin Dept. Natural Resources. Madison, Wisconsin.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Arid West FAC
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACU
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACU
Great Plains FACU
Midwest FAC
Northcentral & Northeast FAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast UPL

Wildlife

Food

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Cover

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover