Berberis replicata W.W.Sm.

Foundation Barberry, Evergreen Barberry

Newly planted

Newly planted

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 5 to 6' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Arching branches, twigs yellowish and glabrous with long thorns or spines. Leaves alternate, simple, narrow oval, to 2" long, wavy, serrate at the end, margin turned under (revolute), dull, dark green above and gray-white below, new growth reddish. Flowers pale yellow, about 10 per cluster in late spring. Fruit red, ripening to purple-black in autumn. Well-drained soil.


Published in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 11: 200 in 1920.

Native to China.

replicata = turned or folded back on itself, referring to the revolute leaf margin.

Introduced to England in 1917 by George Forrest.

RHS Award of Merit in 1923.


My Experience: 

I ordered one from Forest Farm for delivery in spring 2013. I received it in April 2013 and planted it in the Gumball Border Garden.

Sources of Information

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