Berberis asiatica Roxb.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Berberis asiatica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/berberis/berberis-asiatica/). Accessed 2020-07-07.

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bloom
Bluish or greyish waxy substance on leaves or fruits.
corymbose
In form of corymb.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
inflorescence
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
orbicular
Circular.
raceme
Unbranched inflorescence with flowers produced laterally usually with a pedicel. racemose In form of raceme.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Berberis asiatica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/berberis/berberis-asiatica/). Accessed 2020-07-07.

A strong-growing, vigorous evergreen shrub 12 ft or more high, branchlets very minutely downy, somewhat furrowed, yellowish. Leaves hard and leathery, l12 to 312 in. long, obovate, or sometimes nearly orbicular, tipped with a spiny tooth, the margin often entire, sometimes set with a few large, sharp teeth, dark green above, whitish beneath. Flowers yellow, in short corymbose racemes. Berries egg-shaped or nearly globular, red, then black covered with purplish bloom.

Native of the Himalaya; first introduced early in the nineteenth century, but still very rare. It is only suitable for Cornwall and similarly mild localities, and even there is sometimes affected by cold. It lived at Kew for a good many years on a sunny wall. It has been confused with other barberries and in particular with B. glaucocarpa, but the true species is well distinguished by the combination of rigid leaves, always white beneath, and a short inflorescence taking the form of a corymbose raceme.


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