Berberis vulgaris

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaBerberidaceaeBerberisBerberis vulgaris

Ecology

A deciduous shrub found in hedgerows and coppices, and on banks, cliffs and waste ground. Generally lowland, but reaching 395 m on Wanthwaite Crags (Cumberland).

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 892

Life form information

Height (cm): 250

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Nanophanerophyte

Woodiness

Woody

Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 974

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 26

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

Atlas Change Index: -0.61

Weighted Changed Factor: 13

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

62

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000002752

External Species Accounts

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (26d) Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
Hultén, E., and Fries M.
, Königstein, (1986)

Jalas & Suominen (1991) Grimes Graves, Norfolk excavations 1971-72: volume 1. Department of the Environment Archaeological Reports no. 11,
Mercer, R. J.
, London, (1981)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
Meusel, H., Jäger E., and Weinert E.
, Jena, (1965)
The Flora of Bristol,
White, J. W.
, Bristol, (1912)