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Berberis pruinosa

Hollyleaf Barberry

Plant Type:


Berberis pruinosa ​Leathery evergreen leaves with spiny serrations in tufts of 5 occur on this handsome shrub. Sunny yellow flowers are followed by oval blackish fruits with a white powdery bloom give a light blue look to each fruit. Hollyleaf Barberry is an upright shrub formed of arching thorny canes. Armed stems are on the vicious end of the weaponed meter. Nevertheless it is a very attractive shrub. It is virtually evergreen for us. Site Berberis pruinosa in fertile soil planted in full to part sun. Cutting grown.


6 ft


5 ft


Item Description Price  
BERBPRUI Berberis pruinisoa (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $24.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Berberis pruinosa

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Interesting Bark

  • Barbed

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Border
  • Foundation
  • Evergreen
  • Shrub Border
  • Massing
  • Hedge
  • Natural Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile


  • Yunnan

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Berberis

There are many terrific barberry species. In fact, nearly all are not a weed problem. The following are a handful of member of the genus that have proven worth and muster in northeastern Connecticut, both in utility and multi-season beauty. Some are virtually evergreen, others have wonderful autumn foliage colors and the berries range in varying colors - from blue with a whitish bloom to bright crimson. All are cutting grown. And one is a north temperate New World plant,,, yes, there are North American native barberries.