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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
description:
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.

cultivation:
Most well drained soils in sun or part shade. Does well on chalky soil.

propagation:
From seed.

usage:
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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