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About Berberis aquifolium

Berberis aquifolium is a species of flowering plant in the family Berberidaceae, native to western North America. It is the state flower of Oregon.

In California, it grows throughout the mountains and foothills of northern and central California, and in Southern California, it grows primarily in the Transverse Range Mountains, Sierra foothills and higher elevations of the Peninsular Range.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Oregon Grape, Hollyleaved barberry, Oregon Holly Grape, Oregon Holly
Maximum Reachable Height 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Flower Colour yellow
Bloom Time April
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

This Plant is best cared for when planted in moist, well-drained soil where it can receive little direct light. This plant should not be overwatered; it is drought-resistant and thrives in many types of soil.
The plant needs to be checked regularly for infestations by whiteflies, aphids or scale. A sticky substance called honeydew and sooty mold are signs of an infestation. These need to be treated immediately.

Berberis aquifolium care

The berberis aquifolium grows best when planted in soil that has a neutral or slightly acidic pH. Even though it tolerates soil of poor quality, if the plant starts to flounder, the gardener needs to add mulch or check the soil s acidity level.

Sunlight Part shade to full shade
Watering Medium
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature temperature just above 0 C.
Fertilizer The plant should be pruned occasionally to remove suckers and to control growth; it does well with hard pruning. The spring is the best time to cut back old growth without harming the plant.

Berberis aquifolium special feature

The flowers are followed by spherical dark dusty blue berries, which give rise to the common name "Oregon grape".

Berberis aquifolium uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Best in small groupings in shady areas
  • Shrub borders
  • Foundation plantings
  • Woodland or shade gardens

Medicinal Use:

  • Its current herbal use is mainly in the treatment of gastritis and general digestive weakness, to stimulate the kidney and gallbladder function and to reduce catarrhal problems
  • The root and root bark is alterative, blood tonic, cholagogue, diuretic, laxative and tonic

Culinary Use:

  • Fruit is edible-either raw or cooked

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Berberis aquifolium ?

Berberis aquifolium is commonly known as Oregon Grape, Hollyleaved barberry, Oregon Holly Grape, Oregon Holly

How tall do Berberis aquifolium grow?

On average Berberis aquifolium grows 3.00 to 6.00 feet

What color are Berberis aquifolium ?

A Berberis aquifolium plant bears flowers of color yellow

When Berberis aquifolium blooms?

With enough light, Berberis aquifolium may produce yellow flowers in April

How hard is Berberis aquifolium to grow?

A Berberis aquifolium is easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Berberis aquifolium need?

A Berberis aquifolium prefers Part shade to full shade

How much water does a Berberis aquifolium need?

A Berberis aquifolium prefers watering Medium

What kind of soil does a Berberis aquifolium need?

A Berberis aquifolium prefers well-drained soil

What temperature does a Berberis aquifolium like?

A Berberis aquifolium prefers temperature just above 0 C.

How often should I fertilize my Berberis aquifolium ?

To encourage Berberis aquifolium growth, The plant should be pruned occasionally to remove suckers and to control growth; it does well with hard pruning. The spring is the best time to cut back old growth without harming the plant.

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