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Berberis x ottawensis 'Silver Miles'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (62388)

Plant details

This garden hybrid, a cross between B. thunbergii and the common barberry, B. vulgaris, is extremely vigorous, quickly growing into a substantial handsome bush. The leaves of the variety, 'Silver Miles' are reddish-purple flushed with silver, turning red in autumn. The flowers, in drooping clusters, relieve the severity of the strong upright stems, while in autumn the whole bush is lit with cascading trusses of pinkish red berries.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Species: x ottawensis

Cultivar: Silver Miles

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to plant seeds: October to November

Time to take cuttings: May to July

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