Berberis vulgaris

Berberis vulgaris - common barberry

There are about 200 shrubby species of barberry distributed mainly throughout the northern hemisphere but with some also in southern and central America. Garden designer Bengt Schalin mentions in his book having successfully tried over 50 of them in his garden at Kirkkonummi, in southern Finland. He starts his description with the common barberry, which is “among the oldest of our garden shrubs.”