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BERBERIS

Commonly known as Japanese 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
    leaves to 3cm (1¼in) long.
  • Yellow
  • Height
    1.5m (5ft)
  • Spread
    1.5m (5ft)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Dense, rounded shrub. Produces yellow flowers in spring, followed by crimson leaves and berries in autumn.
  • Very hardy
    Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Berries
    These plants have berries.
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, powdery mildew.
    Place of origin
    Japan.
  • Flower Shape
    Racemes
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Obovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 2
    Suitable for: Deciduous shrubs and trees that flower in Spring or early Summer on previous year's growth, including plants that produce new growth at or near ground level.
    Pruning: Prune flowered shoots to strong buds. Cut back approximately 1/4 of old shoots to the base to promote replacement growth.
    When: Annually, after flowering.

    RHS groups 2 & 3
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Tolerates all
    Any well-drained soil.
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
1.5m (5ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1.5m (5ft)
 

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 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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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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Availability yet to be determined - We don't yet know when or if this plant is coming back into stock
 

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 
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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