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Alder buckthorn

Frangula alnus

Description:
Alder buckthorn is a small tree or a spreading shrub, reaching 2 - 7 meters tall. The bark is dark gray with white speckles. The bark of the young trees is shining reddish brown. The bark of the older trees is gray, greyish-brown or pale. The leaves are alternately arranged, ovate, with an entire margin and with parallel veins.

Habitat:
The alder buckthorn flowers throughout the summer. Flowers and fruit can occur on the same plant simultaneously. The flowers are bisexual, small, shining-green, and arranged in groups of 2 - 7 at the leaf bases.

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