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Rhamnus purshiana

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Species Name: Rhamnus purshiana
Common Name: Cascara Sagrada

Tall open shub or small tree. Great in a woodland garden. Dark purple berries in fall. Nice ornamental.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10-35' H x 15' W
Growth Habit: Large shrub or small tree
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky, acidic
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Greenish-white
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: High and Outer North Coast, Klamath Ranges, Cascade Ranges, North and Central Sierra Nevada
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, coniferous forests below 6,600

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