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Berberis nevinii (Nevin's Barberry)

Nevin's Barberry, Mahonia nevinii, Odostemon nevinii


Endemic to southern California, Berberis nevinii (Nevin's Barberry) is an evergreen flowering shrub boasting a dense foliage of pale blue-green, spiny-toothed, spear-shaped leaflets. From late winter to mid spring, it produces a profusion of cup-shaped, bright yellow flowers borne in clusters at the leaf axils. They are followed in summer by an abundance of translucent spherical red berries that are attractive to birds. Cold hardy and heat tolerant, Nevin's Barberry is naturally adapted to full sun , well-drained sandy soils, and extended periods of drought. Slow growing and very attractive, it is mostly used as a large background or screen plant, and for attracting wildlife to its flowers and berries.

  • Grows up to 8-12 ft. tall and wide (240-360 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to light shade, in coarse well drained soils. Water twice per month once established.
  • Fairly pest-free, easy to grow and to care for.
  • Drought tolerant, deer resistant!
  • Perfect choice as a single specimen plant for covering dry slopes, for foundation plantings or as an impenetrable informal screen or hedge.
  • No pruning required, but can handle a hard pruning. Young plants can be pinched to increase branching density.
  • For propagating by seed: 2.5 -3 mos. stratification is needed.
  • Native to California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Berberis - Barberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spread 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 96" – 144" (240cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Berberis - Barberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spread 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 96" – 144" (240cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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