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Regional Picks: Tough-as-Nails Shrubs – Southwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 166

1. Fendler’s Barberry

Name: Berberis fendleri

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; adaptable to most soil types, including clay

This gorgeous shrub is not widely known, even to native plant enthusiasts, but its incredible late-spring display of fragrant yellow flowers and profuse pendulous clusters of small red fruits (pictured) make this deciduous shrub one of our most colorful natives. It is an invaluable plant for creating songbird habitats; its thorny branches provide protected places for nests and shelter, while the tart fruits, which ripen in fall, provide valuable food through the winter. Plant it where it will get adequate moisture, such as on the north or northeast side of the house. It grows in mid- to high-elevation areas.


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