Botanical Name: Berberis pinnata 'Ken Hartman'
Common Name: Ken Hartman California Barberry  
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Water Saving Tip:

As the weather gets hotter avoid the temptation to increase run times.

Instead, schedule more start times with one to two hours in between to allow the water from the previous session to soak in before watering again.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Walls / Fences, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Erosion Control, Filler, Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds

Information by: GardenSoft
  • Description

  • Notes

Exhibiting erect dense growth, this evergreen shrub grows to 6' tall and 5' wide. The leaves are 4"-10" long, with 5-9 very spiny-toothed, oval leaflets that are 1.5" in length. It prefers partial sun and shade in warm inland valleys, becoming drought tolerant once it's established. Yellow flowers appear in spring, which invite hummingbirds to feed. After flowers are spent, dark blue berries appear in fall, a feast for birds. It tolerates full sun in coastal areas.
anting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.