E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Berberis vulgaris L.
common barberry
Berberidaceae (Barberry family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Clump-forming shrub; stems erect, freely branched, 0.5-2.5 m tall; branches angled, grey or yellowish-grey.
Deciduous, appearing simple, in fascicles in axils of branched spines, egg-shaped, 1-6 cm long, coarsely spine-toothed, prominently veined beneath.
Inflorescence of hanging or arching racemes; racemes 2-6 cm long, arising in the leaf axils; petals yellow, entire.
Oblong berries, 1 cm long, red or purple.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry disturbed areas in the lowland and steppe zones; infrequent in SW and SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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