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Common Name:
Common Buckthorn
Scientific Name:
Rhamnus cathartica
Common Family:
Buckthorn Family
Scientific Family:
Bark: Smooth, shiny gray to reddish brown with numerous lenticels, later becoming dark gray and scaly; large specimens become rectangular blocky; inner bark is yellow.
Foliage: Opposite or sub-opposite (partially alternate), simple, elliptical to nearly oval, 2 to 3 inches long, finely serrated, dark shiny green above, much lighter below.
Fruit: Round, 1/4 inch in diameter, drupe, shiny black when ripe in late summer.
Cemetery|Location: Fairmount | Block 2
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Virginia Tech Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation  – Common Buckthorn

Champion Tree – the largest known tree of a species. These trees are measured using the American Forests points system which is calculated based on the trunk circumference, the height and the average crown spread to give a point value. Champion trees are documented and tracked at the state and national levels.