Rhamnus cathartica L. (ITIS)
Common buckthorn, European buckthorn, Hart's thorn, European waythorn
Europe and Western Asia (Knight et al. 2007)
Early 1800s, or possibly earlier (Knight et al. 2007)
Introduced as an ornamental (Knight et al. 2007)
Forms dense stands that dominate ecosystems and displace native species (Mascaro et al. 2007)
Northeastern, Midwestern, and Western U.S.
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
Council or Task Force
State and Local Government
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Rhamnus cathartica. [Accessed Aug 26, 2023].
Knight, K.S., J.S. Kurylo, A.G. Endress, J.R. Stewart, and P.B. Reich. 2007. Ecology and ecosystem impacts of common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica): a review Biological Invasions 9:925-937.
Mascaro, J., and S.A. Schnitzer. 2007. Rhamnus cathartica L. (common buckthorn) as an ecosystem dominant in southern Wisconsin forests. Northeastern Naturalist 14(3):387-402.