Berberis x ottawensis 'Auricoma'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

A multi-purpose arching shrub, it has a good show of deep reddish-purple leaves that make the perfect foil for the mass of small, red-tinged yellow flowers in late spring. They are followed by egg-shaped red autumn fruit. Excellent at the back of a border, in a wild garden, or near a garden boundary where the vicious spikes keep everyone and everything out. The main requirements are full sun and good drainage.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Species: x ottawensis

Cultivar: Auricoma

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to prune: June to June

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