Native to Chile and Argentina, Berberis darwinii was discovered by Charles Darwin in1835. It's an upright, evergreen shrub with small, spiny, dark green, leaves, yellow flowers and blue berries.
Berberis darwinii 'Compacta' is a compact berberis, bearing small red-bronze leaves which mature to green, and rich golden-yellow flowers, followed by edible blue berries. It's perfect for growing in a mixed or shrub border, and makes a good low hedge.
Grow Berberis darwinii 'Compacta' in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: Orange
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: October to December
Time to take cuttings: May to July
Flowering period: April to May
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