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Frangula alnus fresh seeds, Alder buckthorn, Glossy buckthorn, Breaking buckthorn, Fruit tree seeds, Deciduous shrub, Organic seeds (lat. Frangula alnus, Rhamnus frangula).
A tree-like shrub, a species of the genus Buckthorn (Frangula) of the Buckthorn family. A shrub or small tree, can reach a height of 7 m. The trunk and branches are dark brown. Unlike the laxative buckthorn, the trunk is smooth, without thorns. Dark bark with transversely elongated lentils, characterized by the presence of a red (frangulin) layer under the outer layer of cork.
The leaves are elliptical in shape, 4-10 cm in length, whole-edged, with six to eight pairs of parallel lateral veins, located on short (up to 1.5 cm) petioles. The arrangement of the leaves is regular or obliquely opposite.
The flowers are bisexual, nondescript, five-membered, collected in bundles in the axils of the leaves, 2-3.5 mm long. The bell-shaped calyx inside is white. The corolla is greenish-white.
The fruit is a spherical drupe with a diameter of 8-10 mm, with two or three greenish-yellow rounded-triangular bones with a cartilaginous double "beak". When ripe, the fruits are blue-black. The fruits are inedible, they are popularly called "wolf berries", but birds willingly eat them.
It is bred as an ornamental shrub. A good honey plant, gives bees nectar and pollen. Shade tolerant. Prefers fertile soils, but it is also found on poor ones, although it is noticeably lagging behind in growth. It tolerates increased soil moisture well.