Information On Barberry - Knowledgebase Question

Clarion, IA
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Question by austin1628
December 1, 1999
If you could, I would like some information on Barberry's. If you have a chance it would be greatly appreciated.

Answer from NGA
December 1, 1999
The Common Barberry is a bushy shrub, with pale-green leaves, and is fairly common in gardens all over the nation.

The stems are woody, 8 to 10 feet high, upright and branched, smooth, slightly grooved, brittle, with a white pith and covered with an ash-colored bark. The primary leaves on the woody shoots are three-forked, with an enlarged base. The secondary leaves are oval, tapering at the base into a short stalk, the margins finely serrate, with the teeth terminating in small spines.

The flowers are small, pale yellow, produced towards the ends of the branches. Insects are exceedingly of the flowers.

The berries are about 1/2 inch long, oblong and slightly curved, red in color and slightly acidic.

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