Berberis darwinii (Barberry)
Dense colourful fast growing shrub with bright, shiny, very prickly holly-like, dark green leaves. (Evergreen)
Common Name: Barberry
Latin Name: Berberis darwinii
Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Flowering period/colour: April to May/ Golden yellow
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Eventual height/ spread: 2.5m/3m
Special features: Shiny holly like leaves
Dense colourful fast growing evergreen shrub with bright, shiny, very prickly holly-like, dark green leaves. New foliage tinged red turning green with age. Clothed in masses of rich orange flowers May to June, followed by edible blue barberries which are excellent in jams and preserves. Occasional flowers in autumn in mild weather. Shade tolerant.
This shrub is supplied in a 2-3 litre container for year round planting.
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Key / Size Guide
B/R (Bare Root) - The traditional way to buy
deciduous trees and shrubs. Perfect for planting between November and March.
R/B (Root Ball) - The traditional way to buy evergreen trees
and shrubs. The plants are kept in their own soil, making them ideal to transplant
between November and March.
C/G (Container Grown) - A very convenient way to buy trees
and shrubs, already rooted in their pots, they can be planted all year round. Sizes given in litres.
H/S (Half standard) - Half standard trees are 2-3 years old and
have a clear stem of 1.25-1.5m with a bushy head of branches. The total height from the ground is
usually 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft).
B (Bush) - Bush trees are 2-3 years old and have a clear
stem of 0.8-1m with a bushy head of branches. The total height from the ground is
usually 1.5-1.8m (5-6ft).
Maiden (Feathered tree) - A good, well-defined
prominent leader running straight up through the young tree. Perfect for training
into a half standard, standard or fan-trained tree. Sizes given in cm's.
Multi-stemmed - A tree with two or more main stems