Berberis nevinii

Nevin's barberry

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable, Medium
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 7' X 12'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Nevin’s barberry is a plant which likely has a higher population in cultivation than in the wild. This arises in part from its limited and threatened native habitat, and in part from the popularity of this adaptable and attractive shrub.  The form is upright and rounded. The leaves are light gray-green, narrow and sharply spiny. Nevin’s barberry is covered with yellow flowers in early spring, followed by bunches of bright red berries. It tolerates full sun and is easily naturalized, though it accepts occasional summer water. Care must be taken in choosing the planting site, since the spiny leaves can be painful to the touch.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen