Buckthorn

Glossy buckthorn

  • shrub or small tree

  • greyish brown bark with white horizontal lines

  • shiny, dark green leaves with prominent veins

  • leaves mostly alternate

  • yellow sapwood (scratch the bark to see)

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Common buckthorn

  • shrub or small tree

  • dark grey bark

  • dark green, oval leaves with three or four pairs of curving veins and a somewhat folded tip

  • leaves mostly opposite

  • twigs usually tipped with a sharp spine

  • yellow sapwood (scratch the bark to see)

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