The genus Berberis includes many valuable shrubs, typically very spiny, with yellow or orange flowers, followed in autumn by red fruits.
Berberis microphylla is a paragon of virtue: it looks great as a foliage shrub; it has lovely yellow flowers; and it has blue-black berries, which make excellent jam, highly sought after in its native Patagonia. The small, glossy, deep green leaves are prickly, like tiny holly leaves.
||2 litre pot|
||sunny, dry places|
||well drained soil|
||60 cm - 1.2 m|