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Berberis darwinii AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Orange and Red in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black and Blue in Summer

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

Darwin's barberry

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

B. darwinii is a dense, medium-sized evergreen shrub, with dark glossy green, broadly oblong, sparsely-spined leaves, and drooping racemes of rich orange flowers, tinged red in bud, followed by blue-black berries

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grows in any soil except waterlogged. A sunny position will encourage fruiting

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or from semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens, Banks and Slopes, Coastal or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews