Berberis fendleri

Fendler's Barberry

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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.

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 69430

Details

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).
SKU 69430
Common Name Fendler's Barberry
Botanical Name Berberis fendleri
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 6-8' tall
Mature Spread 6-8' wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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4.7

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Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Healthy (5)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (5)
  • Outdoors (4)
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5.0

attractive shrub

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from southern Colorado

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about High Country Gardens Berberis fendleri:

    I have 6 of these shrubs. One didn't make it and was promptly replaced by HCG and has almost caught up to the earlier planted specimens. Slow growing at first but are now showing accelerated growth in amended clay soil. Two sets of three shrubs planted in very different conditions; one set on east side of house and one set on west where they are blasted by heat & full sun (until my young Quercus buckleyi provides some partial shade) both sets are performing equally well. Somewhat open, lax form with arching branches, Very attractive ( I did not want a dense, dark, heavy look such as lilacs might give), pretty fall color.

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    4.0

    GRACEFUL SHAPE AND BEAUTIFUL COLORING

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    from Jersey City New Jersey

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Healthy
    • Versatile
    • Year Round Interest

    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Berberis fendleri:

    This came smaller than I expected, but has grown a lot. The coloring in the winter and the spring were pretty. It is June 1 and it is not blooming yet, but that may be because it is only 5 Months in the ground here, in New Jersey . It fared well in the winter with no protection next to a wall. I think it will be a beautiful shrub. The staff recommended it to me.

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    5.0

    hardy little shrub!

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    from Kanab, UT

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    Pros

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    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Berberis fendleri:

      the shrubs arrived healthy and made it through the winter just fine. Like all shrubs I have purchased from High Country Gardens, they are growing vigorously and I am 100% happy with the quality of the merchandise.

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      5.0

      Bees Love This Plant

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      from Parker, CO

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

      • Can Get Powdery Mildew

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Berberis fendleri:

      This is my favorite salvia. It grows well, will tolerate being both a little too dry or a little too wet. The bees love it. Tolerates my HEAVY clay soil. It flowers pretty much all summer and into the fall if you deadhead it regularly. The only problem I ever have with it, is it gets powdery mildew if it rains a lot. It always comes back the following year healthy though.

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      4.0

      Very pretty native shrub

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      from Littleton, CO

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      Pros

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      Cons

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Berberis fendleri:

          I really liked this shrub and was looking forward to having it in my garden. Unfortunately it died in its second winter. We had an especially cold winter in the denver area so possibly would do better in a more typical one. I'll try it again and hope it gets more mature before another suoer cold winter comes along.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Native to My County in NM

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          from Santa Fe County, NM

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Healthy
          • Wildlife Attraction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors

            Comments about High Country Gardens Berberis fendleri:

            I bought 5 acres of pinon juniper woodland. Species diversity is low, possibly due to over 10 years of drought. I have been collecting seeds where I can; however have not seen Berberis fendleri even though it is listed in my county in NM. My plants arrived safe and healthy. I am grateful to High Country Gardens for providing these plants. I will come back for more shrubs and trees as they become available. My goal is to create a food forest for wildlife and myself, as well as for the areas around me that will receive free seeds from me through birds and other wildlife. Share the bounty!

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