Berberis pruinosa
Common name: 
Pruinosa Barberry
Pronunciation: 
BER-ber-is pru-IN-o-sa
Family: 
Berberidaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, to 5 ft (1.5 m) tall, stems have longitudinal groves and are red at first then yellow, spines are 3-parted to 4 cm.  Leaves alternate, simple, elliptic-oblong, about 8 cm long and 2 cm wide, leathery, margin serrate with up to 6 prominent teeth per side, upper surface dull green, whitish bloom below.    Flowers pale yellow, with as many as 25 per in short stalked clusters; petals deeply incised; blooms in late spring.  Fruit to 6 mm, ovoid, with a heavy bloom, essentially white.
  • Sun to part shade.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6     Native to China, Yunnan.
  • pruinosa: a reference to the pruinose underside of leaves; i.e., a waxy, powdery, usually whitish (bloom) surface coating.
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