Berberis thunbergii

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 Berberis thunbergii subsp. var.  
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Berberis thunbergii, DC. Figs. 541, 542. Dense, low shrub, 2-5 ft.: branches spreading, deeply grooved, brown, with simple spines: Lvs. obovate or spatulate, quite entire, glaucescent beneath. ½-1½ in. long: fls. 1-3, pale yellow: fr. elliptic or nearly globose, bright red. Apr., May. G.F. 2:53. B.M. 6646. R.H. 1894: 173. A.G. 18:357. Gng. 4:241; 5:119, 353, 355. Mn. 2:118. A.F. 8:526.—One of the most valuable species, especially remarkable for its low, dense, horizontal growth, its large brilliant red frs., remaining fresh till the following spring, and for its bright scarlet fall coloring; hardy. Very valuable for borders of walks and drives and for low ornamental hedges. Endures partial shade. Cattle and sheep do not browse it much. Var. Maximowiczii, Franch. & Sav., has the Lvs. green beneath. Var. pluriflora, Koehne, has 3-10 fls. in short, umbel-like raceme. Var. minor, Rehd. (var. Dawsonii, Bean). Very low, dense shrub, ½-2 ft. high, with small Lvs. about ½ in. long. A variety with the Lvs. variegated with white is var. Silver Beauty, which originated in Franklin, Mass. G.G. III. 49:10. Hybrids with B. vulgaris occur.

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