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Ruscus aculeatus

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Butcher's Broom

Butcher's Broom is a low prickly evergreen shrub (some forms up to 4 feet).  It is uncommon in U.S. The female plants bear bright red berries on the surface of spine tipped cladodes which look like and function as leaves.  These are seed grown plants and should consist of both males and females. Many plants in U.S. gardens represent single sex clones and do not fruit. Ruscus is native to southern Europe and Middle East.  It is tolerant of shade, root competition, and drought.  In Europe the stems and stiff foliage of this plant were once bundled and made into brooms used to sweep scraps, etc. from butcher stalls, hence the common name.

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1-4 Feet


4-5 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 7-9

Characteristics & Attributes

Growth Rate in the Garden
Slow to Moderate
Sun Requirements
Full Shade