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Berberis julianae

(Wintergreen Barberry)

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Quick Overview:

Wintergreen Barberry is often grown for its dense branches and has extremely sharp, three-parted spines which can help turn a group of plants into a formidable barrier hedge.
This evergreen shrub grows 4’-6’ and 6’-8’ wide. It features alternate, simple, lustrous dark green leaves 2 to 4” long and 0.5” wide. They are arranged 5 to a whorl and have spiny, serrated edges. During the fall the leaves can turn a pleasing wine-red color.

Abundant yellow flowers first appear in April and extend into late May and have a faint buttery scent. Flowers give rise to 1/3” diameter oval bluish-black berries which are attractive to song birds during the winter.

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.


This species grows in full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate a range of soil types but prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic ones. It is considered to be drought tolerant

Additional Information

Common Name Wintergreen Barberry
Botanical Name Berberis julianae
Container/Amount 3 gallon
Plant Category Shrub
Evergreen or Deciduous Evergreen
Hardiness Zone 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Height 6 to 8 ft.
Width 6 to 8 ft.
Growth Rate Average
Light Requirements Sun, Part-sun, Part-shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Low
Blooming Period early Spring
Flower Color Yellow
Fragrance Yes
Foliage Color green
Berry Color black
Deer Resistant Yes

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