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Berberis darwinii

Barberry

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Orange

Feature

Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (26603)

Plant details

An early-flowering species discovered in South America in 1835 by Charles Darwin, this is one of the best flowering evergreens. The dense thicket of stems growing from ground level make a substantial border shrub as well as an effective hedge, reinforced by its thorniness, which makes it useful for security. In addition, orange flowers are carried in spring, and small purple-black berries in autumn. It is equally impressive grown in full sun or partial shade, against a wall or in an exposed position. Clip fairly hard in spring to limit the size. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Species: darwinii

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: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: October to December

Time to take cuttings: May to July

Flowering period: April to May


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