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Berberis gracilis

Previously known as:

  • Mahonia gracilis
Phonetic Spelling
BER-ber-is GRASS-il-is
Description

Mexcian Barberry is an evergreen shrub native to Mexico with glossy, leathery leaves, lemon yellow flowers followed by copious blue fruits.  Plant in the full sun to partial shade, this plant is drought tolerant once established.  It flowers from fall through winter providing interest in the landscape.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#fall flowers#perennial#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#winter interest#spines#glossy leaves#blue fruits#leathery leaves#evergreen shrub#early spring flowers#winter flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#fall flowers#perennial#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#winter interest#spines#glossy leaves#blue fruits#leathery leaves#evergreen shrub#early spring flowers#winter flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Berberis
    Species:
    gracilis
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds enjoy the fruits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Appendage:
    Spines
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Blue
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Smooth elliptical blue fruits
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Description:
    Bright yellow flowers appear from late fall until early spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Security
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Spines/Thorns