Berberis darwinii

Berberis darwinii_Zoya Akulova
Photo: Zoya Akulova

Common names: Darwin barberry

Berberis darwinii (Darwin barberry) is a shrub (family Berberidaceae ) with yellow-orange flowers and small spiny leaves found in the central and north coast ranges of California. It is native to southern South America. It favors forest and woodland habitats. It spreads via birds and other animals that eat the fruit, and may also be dispersed in garden waste.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

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Other Berberis darwinii Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Berberis darwinii (Darwin barberry) fruits. Photo: Nicholas Stevenson
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    Berberis darwinii (Darwin Barberry) flowers, stem and leaves. Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Berberis darwinii_growth habit_ZoyaAkulova
    Berberis darwinii (Darwin Barberry) growth habit. Photo: Zoya Akulova