Berberis julianeaBerberis julianae

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Berberis julianae
  • PRONUNCIATION: BER-ber-is ju-LEE-a-na
  • COMMON NAME: Wintergreen Barberry
  • FAMILY: berberidaceae
  • NATIVITY: China
  • GROWTH HABIT: Upright oval to arching habit; dense growth.
  • SIZE: 6-10' if left unpruned
  • HARDINESS: Zone 6-8
  • CULTURE: Full sun, for dense habit. Well drained soils. Appears to have considerable heat tolerance.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Specimen plant in small gardens and group plantings Also makes ab excellent hedge or barrier plant due to the stiff branches and the lethal thorns. A bird-attracting plant
  • FOLIAGE: Alternately branched with 1, 3, or 5 leaves, 2-3" long at a node.
  • BARK: Stems yellow brown in color with bright yellow inner bark. Stems armed with 1/2 - 1 1/4" long, three parted spines.
  • FLOWERS: Borne in the axils of the leaves in groups of 8 - 15, about 1/4" each. The clear yellow flowers have a mild fragrance that is desirable but the evergreen foliage hides much of the floral display in March - April.
  • FRUIT: Black but covered with a glacous bloom. Oval and 1/4" long.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed, cutting.
  • PESTS: None serious.


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