Berberis × mentorensis
Common name: 
Mentor Barberry
Pronunciation: 
BER-ber-is men-tor-EN-sis
Family: 
Bereridaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Evergreen shrub, semi-deciduous in cold climates, upright, stiff, bushy with age, 5-7 ft (1.5-2.1 m) tall and as wide or wider.  Stems have 3-parted spines (thorns).  Leaves alternate, simple, elliptic-ovate, 2.5-5 cm long, some spines toward apex, dark green above and paler below, may be yellow-orange to red in fall.  Flowers small, yellow, appear in spring.  Fruit is dark red but usually absent.
  • Sun or partial shade.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5      A hybrid of B. julianae and B. thunbergii.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: west side of Bexell Hall.
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    plant habit

  • flowers and expanding leaves

    flowers and expanding leaves

  • leafy shoots

    leafy shoots