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Plant Name:

Cascara Buckthorn

Scientific Name:

Frangula purshiana


Cascara Buckthorn is a deciduous shrub or small tree with glossy, elliptical leaves and clusters of small, yellowish flowers. It produces small, black berries that are an important food source for wildlife.


Woodlands, forest edges, stream banks


Cascara Buckthorn provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and mammals. Its berries are a valuable food source, and its foliage offers cover and nesting sites for wildlife.

Growing Conditions:

Cascara Buckthorn can tolerate a range of soil conditions and light levels.


Cascara Buckthorn has been used in traditional medicine for its laxative properties. It is also valued for its ornamental appearance.

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Fun Facts:

Cascara Buckthorn is native to western North America and is an important plant for wildlife conservation.

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