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Berberis × stenophylla Lindl. AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black and Blue 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

golden 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. × stenophylla is a medium-sized, spiny evergreen shrub to 3m, compact in habit, with narrow rigid leaves and clusters of rich yellow scented flowers along the arching branches. Berries blue-black

Other common names

  • narrow-leaved 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