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Prickly plant ID

Charlie 224Charlie 224 Posts: 129

Anyone know what this is?



  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923


  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,426

    I think Mahonia, assuming we are looking at the green leaves, I have berberis small red leaves, orange berries later, yes lots of prickles!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,148

    rather a lot of different berberis to choose from and that's one of them.

    A photo of the shape of the bush would help ID which one this is

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Charlie 224Charlie 224 Posts: 129

    I don't think it is mahonia and it looks very different to the Berberis thunbergii that I have elsewhere.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,148

    It is very different to Berberis thunbergii

    Look at images of   Berberis gagnepainii for example

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,178

    We had one,and when we dug it out,it had yellow roots. I think that means it's a berberis

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Charlie 224Charlie 224 Posts: 129

    Oh wow, yes ok, much more similar to that

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,169

    Have a look at Berberis julianae also.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • definitely NOT mahonia which doesn't have any spines but stiff leathery prickly leaves - my favourite shrub for birds.

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