Berberis verruculosa

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Berberis verruculosa
Berberis verruculosa leaves.jpg
Upper side of shoot above,
lower side below, with flower buds
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Berberidaceae
Genus: Berberis
B. verruculosa
Binomial name
Berberis verruculosa

Berberis verruculosa, the warty barberry or warted barberry, is an evergreen shrub, ranging in size from 1–2 m, native to western China (Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan). It gets its common name from its "warty" stems, that have rounded, more or less identical, raised spots.[1]

Berberis verruculosa is a shrub up to 100 cm tall, with yellow spines along the twigs. Leaves are 1.5–2 cm long, hard, leathery, glossy dark green above, vivid white below with stomatal wax; in cold winter weather, the leaves may turn purplish-green above on exposed shoots. The flowers are small, yellow, and mature into dark purple berries 6–10 mm long.[1][2]


Berberis verruculosa is cultivated in temperate climates as an ornamental plant, and grows well in any garden soil. It thrives in shade or partial shade.[3][4] The plant has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5]


  1. ^ a b Flora of China v 19 p 729
  2. ^ William Botting Hemsley & Ernest Henry Wilson. 1906. Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information Kew 1906(5): 151.
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  4. ^ "Berberis verruculosa PFAF Plant Database".
  5. ^ "Berberis verruculosa". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 12 April 2020.