BERBERIS

Commonly known as Barberry

Genus of about 450 evergreen and deciduous shrubs from all parts of the northern hemishere, northern and tropical Africa and South America differing widely in form and habit from dwarf species to large garden or hedging shrubs and usually with spiny branches or spine-tipped leaves.

Barberry fruit, rich in vitamin C was used in the past to make jellies, jams and pickles.

B. vulgaris is naturalised in the UK and was much-despised and destroyed in the 19th century as it is a secondary host of wheat rust.

It is being planted to safeguard the rare Barberry Carpet moth, its sole food plant.

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    shrubs grown for ornamental leaves, autumn foliage, yellow-orange flowers and red or blue-black berries.
  • Evergreen
  • Dwarf shrub
    Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Tall Shrub
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Wildlife plant - birds. Vicious spines make impenetrable hedges. Plant under a bird table to keep cats at bay. Trim hedges after flowering.

Buy Varieties of BERBERIS

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BERBERIS darwinii

BERBERIS darwinii

Darwin's barberry

bright orange flowers

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
BERBERIS insignis

BERBERIS insignis

Barberry

forms a dense clump of erect yellowish stems. Dense flower clusters followed by black berries

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£35.00  
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
BERBERIS julianae

BERBERIS julianae

Wintergreen barberry

dense evergreen with spiny prickles and scented yellow flowers. A good hedging plant

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
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Not available until May 2024 -
BERBERIS linearifolia 'Orange King'

BERBERIS linearifolia 'Orange King'

Barberry

evergreen leaves and rich orange flowers

 
£30.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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BERBERIS x lologensis 'Apricot Queen'

BERBERIS x lologensis 'Apricot Queen'

Barberry

evergreen leaves and apricot orange flowers

 
£30.00 each 
BERBERIS x ottawensis 'Superba'

BERBERIS x ottawensis 'Superba'

Barberry

yellow flowers, purple foliage, strong grower

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
BERBERIS thunbergii

BERBERIS thunbergii

Japanese barberry

green leaves changing to orange-red in autumn. Suitable for hedges

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
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BERBERIS thunbergii 'Admiration'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Admiration'

Japanese barberry

compact, low growing variety with lovely orange-red leaves with a yellow edge. Good orange autumn colour

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
BERBERIS thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'

Japanese barberry, Purple-leafed barberry

best purple foliage berberis

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
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BERBERIS thunbergii 'Atropurpurea-nana'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Atropurpurea-nana'

Japanese barberry, Purple-leafed barberry

dwarf purple berberis

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
BERBERIS thunbergii 'Aurea'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Aurea'

Golden-leafed barberry, Japanese barberry

bright gold foliage

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
BERBERIS thunbergii 'Red Chief'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Red Chief'

Japanese barberry

deep reddish purple leaves on bright red stems

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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BERBERIS thunbergii 'Rose Glow'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Rose Glow'

Japanese barberry

leaves of young shoots purple, mottled silvery pink and bright rose, becoming purple later

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
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Available late spring to early summer 2024 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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BERBERIS valdiviana

BERBERIS valdiviana

Barberry

a wonderful species with long drooping racemes of saffron-yellow flowers and large leathery spineless leaves

 
£40.00 each 
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BERBERIS verruculosa

BERBERIS verruculosa

Barberry

leaves are dark green on top and grey-white underneath. Golden yellow flowers in late spring.

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £15.00 each
£16.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Tomatoes
AFTER PLANT TOMATO FEED Liquid Concentrate with Bio stimulant is a high potash liquid concentrate containing seaweed extract, plant derived amino acids and other nutrients specifically formulated to benefit tomatoes and greenhouse plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
Only £7.50

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

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