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Berberis thunbergii

Japanese barberry

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsApril & September
  • Height1.5m to 2m
  • Spread2m to 3m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow, red
  • Leaf ColourLight green-grey

Description

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry). This species will produce ornamental foliage and berries, which will persist throughout the winter; they are attractive to the birds. It is a good choice for the inner city gardener since it is tolerant of pollution.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Border, hedging, edging, foliage, ornamental, fruit, specimen, banks. Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

Watch out for the thorns. They will withstand a heavy pruning to ground level in late winter.

Propagation

Prune back head in late winter or early spring to improve the flowering.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids and powdery mildew may be troublesome.

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