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Thorny Ornamental Shrubs

Shrubs with thorns are a smart landscape option in case your home is in a area where deer or other animals generally nibble away your foliage, and make perfect hedges and specimen plantings. Many types also create showy blossoms and berries. Be certain to choose -adapted to your own climate.


Barberry bushes are low-maintenance and will tolerate a wide array of climate and soil problems, making them frequent options in several areas. Wintergreen barberry (Berberis julianae) is an evergreen variety with dense foliage and notable thorns. Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) loses its leaves in winter, but shows vivid red berries through the cooler months. Mentor barberry (Berberis x mentorensis) doesn’t produce fruit, but might keep its leaves year round in a warm environment. Barberry bushes are accessible for Sunset’s Environment Zones 1 through 2 4

California Rose

California rose (Rosa californica) is a 3- to 6-foot semi-deciduous shrub with prickly branches and showy pink flowers that bloom from late spring through summer. As its title indicates, it’s a California native, also it could tolerate the Environment Zones 1 to 2-6 of Sunset. California rose prefers moist soil; although it may tolerate shade in inland locations as well as in coastal locations, it grows best with full sun.

Crown of Thorns

Though indigenous to Madagascar, crown of thorns (Koeberlinia spinosa) is hardy in Sunset’s Zones 16 to 26, which is well suitable for warm climates in in the USA, particularly the South-West. It doesn’t tolerate frost, so avoid planting it in a cooler-climate. This shrub has big, spirally arranged leaves, white, pink or yellow blossoms, and branches. Crown of thorns creates and all components of the plant are poisonous if consumed.

Fuchsia Flowering Currant

Fuchsia flowering currant (Ribes speciosum) is indigenous to California and no where else. It’s blooms and really branches . It prefers partial shade and moist but well-drained soil. Fuchsia flowering currant is semi-evergreen, but it doesn’t tolerate drought and absence of moisture in summer-time can make it drop its leaves. It usually grows 6 to 12-feet, and will handle problems in Sunset’s Environment Zones 7 to 9 and 14 to 24.

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