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Berberis x ottawensis 'Superba'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (22808)

Plant details

This garden hybrid, a cross between B. thunbergii and the common barberry, B. vulgaris, is extremely vigorous, quickly making full height when it is a substantial handsome bush. The stems of the variety 'Superba' (also known as 'Purpurea') are reddish brown, and the foliage a rich shade of vinous purple with green undertones. 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. A shrub of distinction for a prominent position. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Species: x ottawensis

Cultivar: Superba

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Autumn colour, 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: 250cm

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