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© Deeproot Plant Base
common name: Common Barberry, Pipperidge
full sun, part shade
moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
Prickly deciduous bush with sturdy long branches and smallish, ovate to rounded dark green leaves, often in clusters and with 3 sharp spines at their base. Grey bark, young shoots sometimes have a reddish tinge. Pendulous racemes of small yellow flowers in spring, followed by ovoid red berries in autumn.
Most well drained soils in sun or part shade. Does well on chalky soil.
Can be used in hedgerows.
Medicinal herb for the teatment of gall-bladder and liver problems. The bark, root and occasionally the fruits are used.
Found in light deciduous woodlands of Europe and temperate Asia. Native to Britain.