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Barberry

Berberis spp.

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H2

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

2.5m

30cm

Min

30cm

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Barberry Overview

Berberis is 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. Many plants once known as Mahonia have recently been reclassified and are now included in this genus. These plants are often still bred and sold separately.

Common problems with Barberry

How to propagate Barberry

Cuttings

Seed

Special features of Barberry

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Other uses of Barberry

Grown for the rounded to cup-shaped flowers and for their fruits. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Plants to Deter Cats

Use these plants to dissuade cats from disturbing certain areas in your garden.

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