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
    And evergreen shrubs grown for ornamental leaves, autumn foliage, yellow-orange flowers and red or blue-black berries.
  • 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
  • Full sun
    Fruiting and autumn colour are better in full sun.
  • Partial shade
  • 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.
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, powdery mildew.
    Place of origin
    All parts of the northern hemisphere, northern and tropical Africa, South America.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
  • Soil Conditions
    Alkaline / Chalk loving
    Tolerates all

Buy Varieties of BERBERIS

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BERBERIS darwinii

BERBERIS darwinii

Darwin's barberry

bright orange flowers

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
BERBERIS julianae

BERBERIS julianae

Wintergreen barberry

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

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
BERBERIS linearifolia 'Orange King'

BERBERIS linearifolia 'Orange King'

Barberry

evergreen leaves and rich orange flowers

 
£24.00 each 
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BERBERIS x lologensis 'Apricot Queen'

BERBERIS x lologensis 'Apricot Queen'

Barberry

evergreen leaves and apricot orange flowers

 
£24.00 each 
BERBERIS x ottawensis 'Superba'

BERBERIS x ottawensis 'Superba'

Barberry

yellow flowers, purple foliage, strong grower

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
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BERBERIS temolaica

BERBERIS temolaica

Barberry

white-glaucous arching stems, later purple. Grey-green leaves

 
£40.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
BERBERIS thunbergii

BERBERIS thunbergii

Japanese barberry

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

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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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 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
BERBERIS thunbergii atropurpurea

BERBERIS thunbergii atropurpurea

Japanese barberry, Purple-leafed barberry

best purple foliage berberis

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
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BERBERIS thunbergii 'Atropurpurea-nana'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Atropurpurea-nana'

Japanese barberry, Purple-leafed barberry

dwarf purple berberis

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
BERBERIS thunbergii 'Aurea'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Aurea'

Golden-leafed barberry, Japanese barberry

bright gold foliage

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
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BERBERIS thunbergii 'Golden Ring'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Golden Ring'

Japanese barberry

leaves purplish-red with greenish-yellow border

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
BERBERIS thunbergii 'Red Chief'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Red Chief'

Japanese barberry

deep reddish purple leaves on bright red stems

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
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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 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
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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

 
£35.00 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 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
BERBERIS wilsoniae

BERBERIS wilsoniae

Barberry

grey-green leaves brownish red in autumn. Coral-red berries

 
MULTIBUY Any 10+ £11.00 each
£14.50 each 
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.

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