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Thorny shrub

The thorny shrub called Paliurus spina-christi

The thorny shrub commonly known as marruca is called Paliurus spina-christi in botany and belongs to the Rhamnaceae family. Native to the Mediterranean basin, these perennial plants are used for the construction of defense hedges, thanks to the numerous thorns distributed on the compact branches. The foliage is deciduous and oval in shape while in July and August the umbel inflorescences open. The flowers are small and yellow, then the fruits appear, woody drupes with an ornamental appearance. The specimens of Paliurus spina-christi do not require particular cultural attention, resistant to cold and adapt to various environmental contexts. They love well-drained soils and sunny exposures. Irrigation is regular and without water stagnation, in spring and summer.

The species of Acacia karoo, thorny shrub plants


Belonging to the Fabaceae family, the species called Acacia karoo is native to southern Africa. Thorny shrub that over time reaches considerable size and can also be grown as a tree. The foliage is deciduous and bipinnate, in autumn it takes on a yellowish color before falling. All the branches are endowed with sturdy thorns while with the arrival of the summer season the flowering period begins. The flowers are small, globular in appearance, delicately scented and yellow in color. Subsequently, green pods appear which, as they mature, take on a dark color. They prefer fertile, well-drained soils and very sunny exposures. Cold-hardy, Acacia karoo plants can withstand long periods of drought.


Some species included in the genus known with the name of Berberis, are equipped with long sharp spines. Belonging to the Berberidaceae family, they are native to the Eurasian, African and American continent. The posture is erect composed of numerous ramifications. The leaves have a compact appearance, are pinnate and oval in shape, according to the different varieties there are specimens with deciduous foliage that in autumn take on intense reddish colors. The flowers are yellow, gathered in clusters and begin to open in spring. Used for the construction of defense hedges, Berberis plants adapt to different environmental contexts and prefer fertile and well-drained soils.

Thorny shrub: The thorny shrub called Rosa centifolia


The thorny shrub species known as Rosa centifolia is native to the Asian continent and belongs to the Rosaceae family. The branches are equipped with small and compact spines that cover the entire surface. With the arrival of spring, the delicately perfumed flowering begins. The flowers are double, the compact pink petals have a globular and rounded appearance. The deciduous foliage is ovate or lanceolate, the margins are serrated, dark green. Rosa centifolia specimens prefer acidic and well-drained soils. The exposures are sunny while the irrigations are regular in spring and during the summer season, absolutely avoiding the water stagnation that cause the onset of rottenness to the root system.

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