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botanical name:
Berberis vulgaris
Berberis vulgaris © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Common Barberry, Pipperidge
family:  Berberidaceae
characteristics: shrub
height: 2.50m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: yellow
fruit colour: red
stem/bark: grey
main season: Autumn
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: 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.

From seed.

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.

other notes:
Found in light deciduous woodlands of Europe and temperate Asia. Native to Britain.
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