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Ruscus aculeatus 'Christmas Berry' PP 16,680

Christmas Berry Butcher's Broom

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Item #: 6347

Zones: 7a to 9b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: Mediterranean Europe, Southern Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

This unique dwarf selection of the easy-to-grow evergreen butcher's broom is similar to a clone the late Elizabeth Lawrence grew in her garden. However, this form originated as a seedling selection by Gys Petrus de Jong of Dublin, Ireland, although Gys got some really bad advice about the economic return from patenting a ruscus. The spiny, dark green cladodes (fake leaves) are compacted nearly on top of each other along the dark green stems. Throughout the winter, this self-fruiting form is covered with a dazzling show of bright red berries. Ruscus 'Christmas Berry' makes a 1' tall x 1' wide patch in 5 years...painfully slow, but incredibly beautiful.