Berberis hookeri

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Berberis hookeri Lem.

Berberidaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: elliptic

Division: simple

Shape: cup-shaped
Fruit: berry

150C / d0dd5a 

Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Ranunculopsida
Subclassis:
Ranunculidae
Superordo:
Ranunculanae
Ordo:
Berberidales

Berberis hookeri is a shrub.

Naming

Berberis hookeri was described by Charles Lemaire. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Berberis hookeri is a species in the genus Berberis which contains approximately 595 to 798 species and belongs to the family of the Berberidaceae (Barberry Family). The type species of the genus is Berberis vulgaris.

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs are comparatively slow-growing and reach heights of 90 to 120 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 1 to 1.5 metres.

Wood and Bark

The bark is thorny and yellow.

Leaves

Berberis hookeri is evergreen. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are elliptic with spiny margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Berberis hookeri produces yellow-green cup-shaped flowers from May to June. The plants flower on older shoots.

The shrubs carry black berries.

Root System

The plants form shallow roots.

Distribution

Berberis hookeri is native to Nepal, Bhutan, India and China.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas

Uses

Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant and as plant providing shelter for birds.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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