Berberis cretica L.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Berberis cretica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/berberis/berberis-cretica/). Accessed 2020-10-27.

Genus

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Glossary

bloom
Bluish or greyish waxy substance on leaves or fruits.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
prostrate
Lying flat.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Berberis cretica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/berberis/berberis-cretica/). Accessed 2020-10-27.

A low, sometimes prostrate, deciduous shrub; branches crooked, formidably armed with three-forked spines, each fork 12 to 78 in. long. Leaves small, obovate, pointed, averaging 12 in. in length, mostly without teeth, sometimes slightly toothed. Flowers yellow, in short, few-flowered clusters. Berries globose, nearly black, with a bloom.

Native of the mountains of Crete and other islands of the Mediterranean. The leaves, spines, and flowers form a dense, crowded mass along the branches. It was introduced in 1703 but has always been rare in gardens.

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

According to Flora of Turkey, Vol. 1, p. 210, this species has also been found in south-west Anatolia. Its easternmost limit is in Cyprus, but B. libanotica from Syria and the Lebanon is probably not specifically distinct from B. cretica.

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