Berberis aquifolium

Family: Berberidaceae

Common Name: Oregon grape

Origin/Ecology: Native to BC

Habit: Stiffly upright, grows to 2 m tall, 1.5 m wide.

Leaves: Compound, sessile, leathery, prickly, glabrous, lustrous, odd-pinnate, ovate, dentate, undulate. Glossier and smaller leaves/flowers/fruit than B. nervosa.

Leaf Arrangement: alternate

Flowers and Fruit: Raceme, yellow, Apr-May. Berry, violet, blue, black, Sept-Oct.


Water Use, Soil: Acidic. Somewhat drought-tolerant.

Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, or part sun/shade.

Landscape Uses: Mixed shrub border, security/barrier, wildlife food, winter interest, woodland margin.


Other Features: Somewhat rhizomitous. Aqui = talon.