Berberis thunbergii (Green Berberis)
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Bareroot from November to April
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A dense, deciduous very spiny shrub with striking orange and red autumn colour. The pale yellow flowers in spring are followed by red berries in autumn, so this attractive shrub has a lot to offer. Berberis makes an excellent impenetrable hedge, which can either be kept tightly clipped as a formal hedge, or allowed to branch more freely, in which case flowering and fruiting will be better.
Site and soil
Tough and tolerant of most soils and situations except those which are very chalky; it’s best to avoid waterlogged soils. Shade tolerant.
Height and spread
After 10 years: 1.5m x 1.5m
After 20 years: 1.5m x 1.5m
Leaf and bark
Small obvate leaves 3.5cm long which turn brilliant orange and red in autumn are borne in the axil of each spine. The dark stems, which contrast well with the leaves, are set with spines.
Flower, seed and fruit
The small pale yellow flowers have a reddish tinge giving them an attractive appearance; they open in April. The flowers are followed by oblong scarlet berries in autumn.
Berberis makes good formal and informal hedges, and can be used for screening, as a specimen shrub, and for security planting.
The flowers provide pollen for early insects and the berries are a winter food source for birds.
Trim formal hedges between July and August. Prune specimen shrubs and informal hedging by cutting out old branches at the base immediately after flowering.