Berberis × stenophylla Berberidaceae
Rosemary Barberry BER-ber-is X sten-o-FIL-a
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 10 ft (3 m) tall and 15 ft (4.5 m) wide, arching, free flowing habit. Leaves 15-25 mm long, linear-lanceolate, single spiny tip, margin rolled under (revolute), glossy dark green above, whitish beneath. Flowers 8 mm long, golden-yellow, in clusters, late spring. Fruit 6 mm long, globose, purple-black.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (5)6 A hybrid of B. darwinii × B. empetrifolia, originated before 1864. There are many cultivars but only a limited number appear to be available in the U.S.; the most commonly planted are:
- Corallina Compacta - about 1.5 ft high
- Irwinii - to about 4-5 ft tall
- Nana - compact and has yellow flowers
- stenophylla steno-, narrow; phylla, leaves. Its narrow leaves are somewhat reminiscent of the narrow leaves of Rosemary, hence the common name.