Common Name: Carolina Buckthorn
- Habit: Tree
- Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Average, Moist
- Height: 5-8′, 8-15′
- Flower: Yellow, May-Jun.
- Fruit: 1/4″ berry that turns from red to blue-black as it ripens
- Fall Color: No
- Natural Habitat:Riparian, Mesic Forests, Bottomland Deciduous Forest, Upland Deciduous Forest, Woodland Edge, Rocky Outcrops, Pine/Juniper Woodlands
Frangula caroliniana or Carolina Buckthorn is a deciduous tree that reaches up to 15ft tall. This tree produces subtle clusters of yellow flowers at the bases of its leaves. These develop into small red fruits ¼ of an inch in diameter that turn black when ripe. The berries are toxic to humans but are forage for birds and other wildlife.