Berberidaceae (barberry family) Berberis

Berberis lomariifolia Chinese holly

Mahonia lomariifolia (syn.)

Shrub, or small, multi-trunked tree to 12 ft tall, with 2-foot long, pinnately compound leaves, each with up to 40 barbed leaflets. Yellow flowers in erect clusters at branch tips in midwinter; blue berries later on. See in courtyard on north side of the School of Education.

Illustrations: gallery.

Name derivation: Mahonia – for Bernard M’Mahon (1775–1816), horticulturalist and author of The American Gardener’s Calendar; lomariifolia – leaves like the fern genus Lomaria.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the text ca. 2006.