Fendler's Barberry (Berberis)

Fendler's Barberry is a rare native shrub with year-round ornamental qualities. A late spring bloomer, it has a profusion of fragrant yellow flowers followed with red berries that hang on through winter to feed hungry songbirds.
Zones4 - 8
Attract Birds
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 6-8' tall
Mature Spread6-8' wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
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Item Package SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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6-8' tall x 6-8' wide (seed propagated). A little-known deciduous native shrub from NM and CO, Berberis fendleri contributes year-round beauty to the garden. Bright red fruit (that hang on the plant all winter) follow the profuse display of pendulous yellow spring flowers. Its edible fruits taste like tart cherries. Plant in semi-shade locations with rich garden soil. Keep mulched and water regularly. To insure fruit set, plant two or more plants for cross-pollination. Berberis fendleri does have thorns and is an excellent shrub for creating songbird habitat and providing nectar for pollinators, as it produces large quantities of fragrant flowers. It is a fast growing shrub when planted into good soil and given adequate water. It doesn't like to be grown dry, as it is a riparian species in nature. A quick grower, it will reach approximately 4 -5 ft in height and spread in just three to four growing seasons. (Previously listed as Mahonia fendleri).
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Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Fendler's Barberry
Botanical Name
Berberis fendleri
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
6-8' tall
Mature Spread
6-8' wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Attract Birds, Native, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Rabbit Resistant
Special Groups
High Country Gardens Exclusive
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
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