Ornamental, thorny shrub to shape hedges, edges and rockery, watersides. A purgative syrup is made for pets from its fruit. The wood is used as firewood and coal. It is also useful for marquetry works and turnery. It is not recommended for domestic use.
Deciduous shrub 2-6m tall with abundant little yellow-greenish flowers. Oval and serrated leaves with red and black berries filled with seeds.
It adapts very well to any soils. It is found on banks, in woods and rocky and sunny places.
Direct sowing in autumn or cold stratification for 2-3 months before sowing in spring.