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Berberis 'Skylark'

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Species Name: Berberis 'Skylark'
Common Name: Skylark Barberry

Skylark forms a closely branched, somewhat rounded shrub with glossy dark green leaves. New growth is red and leaves are tinged with purple in winter. Prickly leaves make this a good barrier plant. Berries are attractive to birds.

Plant Family: Berberidaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 5' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Rounded
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occaional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Distribution: Selection made by Suncrest Nurseries. Possible hybrid of B. pinnata and B. aquifolium.
Natural Habitat: Selection made by Suncrest Nurseries

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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