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Berberis × ottawensis f. purpurea 'Superba'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Purple and Red in Spring and Summer
Red in Autumn

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

barberry 'Superba'

Family

Berberidaceae


Berberis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with spiny shoots bearing simple, often spine-toothed leaves, and small yellow or orange flowers in axillary clusters or racemes, followed by small berries

'Superba' is a vigorous spiny medium-sized deciduous shrub with lax, arching branches. Leaves broadly oval, deep red-purple, brighter red in autumn. Flowers small, light yellow, berries bright red

Synonym(s)

  • Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Superba'
  • Berberis × ottawensis 'Superba'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Hedging/Screens or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews