AZ Arboretums

Berberis trifoliolata

wild currentCommon: Barberry, Currant-of-Texas, Wild Current, Chapparral Berry
Family: Berberidaceae
Range: Across southern Arizona and southern New Mexico to the Panhandle and Trans-Pecos Texas, east and south through central and south Texas into Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Light: Full sun
Soil: Well draining
Water: Low water

Evergreen shrub 8' H x 6' W. Stiff, erect branches with leathery, bluish-green to gray-green holly-like foliage consisting of three leaflets with stiff marginal spines.

Small clusters of fragrant yellow flowers appear in early spring followed by round juicy, tart, edible red berries in summer. Good wildlife plant. Very xeric ornamental. Cold hardy.