MEDITERRANEAN BUCKTHORN (Rhamnus alternus) is an evergreen bush with a wood that smells coarse and unpleasant. The small yellowish green flowers are either male or female, but both usually occur on the same plant; from the females develop the berries which ripen through red to black.


Trees and shrubs of the Mediterranean by Helge Vedel, translated from the Danish by Aubrey Rush (Penguin Guides, 1978), p74