Berberis verruculosa
Common name: 
Warty Barberry
Pronunciation: 
BER-ber-is ver-uk-u-LO-sa
Family: 
Berberidaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Evergreen shrub, 3-5 ft (0.9-1.5 m), arching stiffly, very thorny 3-parted spines, 1.3-2.0 cm long.  Leaves alternate, simple, elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, tapering at both ends, leathery, lustrous green above and silver (glaucous) below, margins recurved and remotely spiny-toothed, purplish-green in winter.  Flowers small; fruit small (8 mm), blue-black, and rod-shaped.  Stems supposedly "warty" (verrucose), i.e. with rounded, more or less identical raised spots (Krüssmann, 1976).
  • Shade or part shade.  Any garden soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (5)6    Native to western China
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: west of Milam Hall.
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    flowering branches, spring

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    flowers and thorns

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    plant habit, summer

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    leafy shoot

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    leaves

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    thorns and underside leaves

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    leaves, fall