Berberis julianae

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Chinese barberry
豪猪刺 hao zhu ci
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Berberidaceae
Genus: Berberis
Species: B. julianae
Binomial name
Berberis julianae
Schneid.
Synonyms[1][2]
  • Berberis julianae var. oblongifolia Ahrendt
  • Berberis julianae var. patungensis Ahrendt

Berberis julianae (Wintergreen barberry or Chinese barberry) is a flowering evergreen shrub native to Central China (Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, and Sichuan).[3][4] It is widely grown as an ornamental in other temperate regions. It is reportedly naturalized in scattered parts of the United States (Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and New York State).[5]

Berberis julianae grows to a height of 3 metres, as a dense bush with spiny obovate leaves, suitable for hedging. Flowers are yellow flowers tinged with red, borne in clusters of up to 25 flowers. Berries are elliptical, dark purple, almost black, with a white bloom, up to 6 mm long.[6][7][8]

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