Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Berberis macrophylla Hort. Ex Lindl.

A hairless shrub with lance-shaped leaves and fascilcles of 12 or more yellow flowers.  To 3m or more.  [BM t.9283/1935].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Johnson’s Dictionary describes Berberis macrophylla as a species from Japan, introduced in 1847.  This is probably the plant published as Berberis macrophylla Hort. ex Lindl. in the Journal of the Horticultural Society of London, vol.4. 1850.  It was figured in BM t.9283/1935, as Berberis xanthoxylon, with the synonyms B. wallichiana var. xanthoxylon and B. japonica Miq.  

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 regulations [T.152/1850].


Published Feb 24, 2010 - 04:25 PM | Last updated Feb 24, 2010 - 04:31 PM

Figured is a spiny stem, toothed leaves and axillary racemes of bright yellow flowers. Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.9283, 1935.

Berberis macrophylla Hort. Ex Lindl. | BM t.9283/1935 | RBGS

Family Berberidaceae
Region of origin


  • Berberis wallichiana DC. var. xanthoxylon
  • Berberis japonica Miq.
  • Berberis xanthoxylon Hassk.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Berberis macrophylla 

Confidence level high