Berberis hookeri Lem.
Berberis hookeri is a shrub.
Berberis hookeri was described by Charles Lemaire. The name is considered as validly published.
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.
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.
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.
The plants form shallow roots.
Berberis hookeri is native to Nepal, Bhutan, India and China.
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 -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant and as plant providing shelter for birds.
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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