Fremont barberry Berberidaceae Mahonia fremontii
Leaf:Pinnately compound, alternate, evergreen, 4 to 6 inches long; 3 to 7, holly-like leaflets each 2 to 3 inches long, sharply spined teeth, thick, waxy, gray to blue-green above and paler green below.
Flower:Perfect, small (1/4 inch) bright yellow flowers are borne in upright, clusters of 3 to 9 flowers, appearing in spring to mid-summer.
Fruit:Reddish to purple berries, 1/2 inch across, edible, but sour.
Twig:Main stems are largely unbranched, with compound leaves arising directly from main stems; reddish brown when young, turning gray-brown with age.
Bark:Gray-brown, developing shallow fissures and ridges; ridge tops becoming slightly scaly on large specimens.
Form:A large, straggly shrub reaching up to 10 feet tall.