Common Name: Nevin’s Barberry
Origin/Habitat: Inland valleys and foothills of Southern California. Chaparral.
Threats: Habitat loss due to human development.
Current Status: Endangered.
Description: Nevin’s Barberry (Berberis nevinii) is a federally endangered species native to isolated riparian sites in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernadino Counties with only a couple of reported sites in San Diego County. This large dense evergreen shrub grows up to 10’ high x 10’ wide and is quite attractive with small prickly, grey compound leaves. Small yellow flowers bloom in late winter to early spring and are followed by small clusters of red fruits in summer. Nursery propagated plants are occasionally available, especially from native plant nurseries.