A modern reference to temperate woody plants, including updated content from this site and much new material, can be found at Trees and Shrubs Online.

Berberis koreana Palib.

Modern name

Berberis koreana Palib.

A deciduous, glabrous shrub up to 6 ft high, with grooved reddish young shoots. Spines on vigorous young shoots sometimes five-forked, with each fork curiously flattened, ovate, and nearly 14 in. wide; from this type they grade down to slender single ones. Leaves 1 to 245 in. long, obovate or oval, rounded at the apex, tapered to a stalk 14 to 12 in. long; strongly veined beneath. Flowers yellow, borne in drooping racemes, 3 to 4 in. long, each flower on a slender stalk about 12 in. long. Fruits roundish egg-shaped, 14 in. long, bright red.

Native of Korea, where, according to James H. Veitch, who visited that country in 1892, it is found often in quantity in hedgerows. The larger spines described above suggest those of the South American B. actinacantha, but are not always present. The leaves are large as barberries go and turn a good colour in autumn; the fruits also last long in colour.



Other species in the genus