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Berberis julianae

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Red and Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

wintergreen 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. julianae is a compact evergreen shrub to 3m, with rigid, glossy elliptic leaves and racemes of yellow flowers, tinged with red, in late spring. Bloomy black berries in autumn

Other common names

  • Chinese barberry

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