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Berberis fendleri

Berberis fendleri
Fendler's barberry
Berberis fendleri

Synonym(s) Mahonia fendleri
Common name Fendler's barberry
Family berberidaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z4-8)
Flowers yellow (spring)
Size 6-8'
Light part-full shade

Spiny shrub from the U.S. Southwest. Bright red berries persist into winter. Our plants are a few years old, but stayed pretty scrawny for a long time. They are finally coming into their own in a shady stretch of our driveway bed. I like how finely toothed the leaves are.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '09/'10 exchange. Soaked seeds for 2 days, changing water several times. Baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (60%G, 4-6d). Also Baggy 70F (40%G, 20-23d). Both trials involved just five seeds, so the difference between the two treatments is not statistically significant.

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