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Fendler's Barberry (Berberis)

Berberis fendleri
SKU: HC014633
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
No longer available this season.
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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Botanical Name
Berberis fendleri
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Attracts Birds, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
6-8' tall
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer


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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