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Berberis wilsonii (seeds)

Berberis wilsonii (seeds)

The little yellow flowers of Berberis wilsonii are very pretty, and are followed by dark blue edible fruit that is kind of lemony tasting, which makes it a great lemon juice substitute. Barberryaid, I guess I would call it. Growing up to 6 feet high at most, this shrub flowers in the Summer and likes to live in full sun. The leaves begin as a deep red and then slowly change into a lighter red, then pink, then finally to green. This produces mature leaves that are green with red tips. The birds like to eat the seeds on this plant and the deer do not like it. This is a great source of nectar and pollen for both honeybees and bumblebees. USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 9 [AFFILIATE ADVERTISEMENT]

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Berberis trigona (seeds)

Berberis trigona (seeds)

The Berberis trigona shrub likes to live in full sun to partial shade and is fairly deer resistant. Growing up to 12 feet tall the yellow and orange blossoms are on display from the middle of spring until the middle of summer. The fruit is edible and acidic and the leaves and stems can be cut to get a yellow liquid that can be used to make a yellow dye. [AFFILIATE ADVERTISEMENT]

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