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Commonly known as Darwin's barberry
- Mature Size
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3 to 5 spine-toothed, dark-green leaves 2-4cm (¾-1½in) long.
Hedge Ideal for hedging
Suitable for a coastal hedge if some protection given from direct sea-winds
Vigorous, profusely flowering upright shrub
Hardy - cold winter Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Berries These plants have berries.
Good to know
originally found by Darwin on his Beagle voyage and introduced by Cornish plant hunter William Lobb c.1848. A good all-rounder. Makes a clippable, spiny hedge, has abundant, scented flowers, sometimes twice a year, and blue-black fruits. Wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects, berries for birds.
Pests & Diseases
aphids, powdery mildew.
Place of origin
Racemes - pendent racemes to 5cm (2in) long of 10-30 flowers 5mm (¼in) across
Coastal / windswept
Obovate see photos above
Pruning group 5
Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Tolerates all - any well-drained soil.