Zereshk barberry, also known as common barberry or European barberry, is one of the most widely utilized barberry species in the world and its cultivation has spread to nearly every corner of the world. The thorny branches and dense growth have made it a top choice for edible hedges around the world and its bright red tart fruit can be eaten fresh, added to dishes, dehydrated, turned into a candy or made into jam. The recipes utilizing Zereshk barberry around the world are seemingly endless! The bright yellow flowers that appear in spring make quite the show and are also a tangy and delicious treat. Zereshk barberry is a deciduous shrub but before going dormant for the winter it puts on a psychedelic display of bright red foliage that is accented by any of the deep red berries that might have gone unharvested.
Latin Name: Berberis vulgaris
Site and Soil: Barberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Barberries are self-fertile.
Hardiness: Zereshk Barberry is hardy to -40 ° F.
Bearing Age: 2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-12 feet in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 8-10 lbs. per plant
Pests & Diseases: Barberry is not bothered by pests and diseases.
USDA Zone: 3-9
Sunset Western Zone: 4-9,14-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32