Taxon  Report   1071    
Berberis fremontii  Torr.
Fremont barberry
Berberis fremontii
© 2006 James M. Andre
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Berberis fremontii
© 2009 Lee Dittmann
Berberis fremontii, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
also called Mahonia higginsiae
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 2B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Berberis fremontii
© 2004 James M. Andre
Genus: Berberis
Communities: Chaparral, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland

Toxicity: MAJOR

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS

PLANTS accepted name:
Mahonia fremontii

Alternate Names:
CNPS: Mahonia higginsiae
ICPN: Mahonia fremontii
More information about  Berberis fremontii
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).