Rhamnus alaternus 'Argentovariegata'

Variegated Italian Buckthorn

Evergreen Shrub

A beautiful, and underused, evergreen shrub for creating structure in your garden. Narrow, glossy leaves with white variegation and dark stems on a neat and tidy shrub that develops a rounded form. Makes an excellent hedge or screen. Mix it with other foliage colors and textures for added interest. Does best in full sun, is drought tolerant, and will be relatively quick to take its place in the garden. It may be pruned, within reason, to manage size.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Afternoon Sun, Morning Sun

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low


Size: 96 - 120 tall x 36 - 120 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded, Upright
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Variegated, Ivory / Cream

Flower Color: Yellow / Gold

Flower Shape: Insignificant

Fruit Description: Red

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Cutting Garden, Hedges and Screens, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Low Water / No Water, Pollution Tolerant, Seaside / Salt Tolerant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos