Barberry

Berberis spp.

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A large genus of just under 600 species of evergreen and deciduous spiny shrubs, commonly referred to as barberry. They are found throughout the Northern hemisphere as well as tropical Africa and South America. Barberries are mainly cultivated for their colourful autumn foliage and fruit. Large species can be used for hedging and specimen plants, and dwarf varieties are suitable for rock gardens. All parts of Berberis are toxic if ingested and the spines can cause skin irritation.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Special features

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Berberidaceae

Flower colour

Orange, Red, Yellow

Scent

None
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