Berries of Algerita Overview of Algerita with flowers
Red Barberry Mahonia haematocarpa
Common Name Red Barberry, Algerita, Desert Barberry
Latin Name Berberis haematocarpa
Family Berberidaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 1-13 / 8-11
Type / Form Shrub / Large
Native Habitat Between 3,000 and 7,000 feet in the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, and eastern Mojave Deserts
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once per moth or none depending on soil
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width Maximum 12 X 15 feet, usually usually 6 feet X 8 feet
Protective Mechanism Prickles on leaves
Leaves Evergreen, grey-green, holly-like
Flowers Fragrant yellow flowers, red berries, purple fall color
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seeds, cuttings
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Erosion control, barrier, low maintenance, background
Garden Suitability Songbird, Sonoran, Fragrant, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Seeds eaten by many birds and mammals, flowers used by butterflies and bees
Native American Uses Slightly acidy berries eaten raw, used to flavor soups
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