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Berberis x stenophylla

Rosemary Barberry
Evergreen, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries


These dense, spiny-stemmed plants, especially the deciduous species, tolerate climate and soil extremes. Require no more than ordinary garden care. Each year, thin out oldest wood and prune as needed to shape—after bloom for evergreen and semievergreen types, late in the dormant season for deciduous kinds. They make attractive hedges. Informal style is best for species grown for spring flowers (yellow, unless otherwise noted) and ensuing berries, which are borne on previous year’s growth; species grown for foliage can be sheared. To rejuvenate overgrown or neglected plants, cut them to within a foot of the ground before new spring growth begins.

Closely related to and sometimes grouped by botanists with Mahonia.

Berberis x stenophylla

Hardy to 0°F/–18°C. Dark green leaves are narrow, 1/2–1 in. long, with rolled-in edges and a spiny tip; turn orange and red in fall. Deep yellow flowers are followed by blue-black fruit. Good hedge plant. Species is 10 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide, but varieties are more commonly grown.

‘Corallina Compacta’

Sometimes called coral barberry, this diminutive plant reaches just 1 1/2 ft. high and wide, with nodding clusters of bright orange flowers. Effective in rock gardens, containers, or as a foreground plant.

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