Berberis darwinii 'Compacta'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Berberis darwinii 'Compacta'

Plant details

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.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Species: darwinii

Cultivar: Compacta

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: October to December

Time to take cuttings: May to July

Flowering period: April to May

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