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Named for Carl Peter (Pehr or Per) Thunberg (1743-1828), doctor, botanist, student of Linnaeus who collected plants in Japan, Sri Lanka and South Africa. He published Flora Japonica (1784); Prodomus plantarum capensis (2 vols., 1794, 1800); Icones plantarum japonicarum (1805); Flora capensis (1807-1823) on the South African collections, and Voyages de C.P. Thunberg au Japon par le Cap de Bonne-Espérance, les Isles de la Sonde (1796) about his travels. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in April 1788.
Oakeley, Dr. Henry. (2012). Doctors in the Medicinal Garden. Plants named after physicians. Royal College of Physicians. link


Berberine, universally present in rhizomes of Berberis species, has marked antibacterial effects,


Syn. = Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar'

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, Eastern Asia, Japan

Berberis thunbergii DC. 'Helmond Pillar'

Genus: Berberis
Species: thunbergii DC.
Cultivar: 'Helmond Pillar'
Distribution summary: Garden Origin
Habit: Shrub
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Plants of the World (B), Europe & Middle East (J)
Flowering months: April, May
Reason for growing: Commemorative, medicinal

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