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BERBERIS sargentiana

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Berberidaceae

Botanical Name

BERBERIS sargentiana

Plant Common Name

Sargent's Barberry

Special Notice

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General Description

Lustrous green foliage that looks somewhat like that of a holly is held on the branches of Sargent's barberry. This evergreen shrub is native to western China in open woodlands and bamboo groves. It develops into an upright, rounded plant with gray-brown bark.

The glossy dark green leaves are narrow ovals that are edged with tiny teeth. Leaf undersides are yellow-green. In late spring, yellow-green flowers with reddened edges dangle from the spined twigs, attracting bees for pollination. By late summer, the small fruits begin to ripen, changing from light blue to black with a bluish coating.

Grow Sargent's barberry in any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Avoid strongly acidic and highly alkaline soils for best performance. Full to partial sun ensures the best plant form and flowering and fruiting. Use this evergreen shrub for screening or to create a dense hedgerow on the edges of your property. It may also be incorporated into the middle or back of the mixed shrub border.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    5'-9' / 1.5m - 2.7m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Light Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes