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Berberis darwinii, Darwins Barberry, is a thorny, evergreen hedging plant or ornamental shrub. It is suitable for any well drained soil and it is shade tolerant.
Berberis darwinii is good for hedges up to about 2 metres high.
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Berberis darwinii hedge plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
Spacing a Berberis darwinii hedge:
Plant Berberis darwinii hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.
General description of Berberis darwinii plants:
This vigorous little bush is one of the great all-round garden shrubs. Evergreen, prickly, clippable, flowering, scented: Berberis Darwinii has almost everything you could ask from a hedging plant or specimen bush. It looks good planted close against a wall or fence and it will tolerate dappled shade cast by overhanging trees.
The prickly foliage resembles miniature holly leaves and even though it is evergreen, it still changes colour to rusty red in autumn. Darwin's Barberry flowers in early spring, with dense clusters of fragrant, bright orange and yellow flowers bubbling out on pink stalks from underneath the green leaves. These ripen into decorative bunches of purple-blue berries, which are edible.
When you grow Berberis darwinii as a hedge, you can clip it regularly into a neat, formal shape if you like. We recommend letting it grow a bit wild and hard pruning it every few years, so that you can enjoy the arching stems with their colourful flowers and fruit.
History & uses of Darwins Barberry:
This South American species, known locally as Michay, was first identified by Charles Darwin in 1835, during the second voyage of the Beagle. It was imported to Britain by the great Cornish plant collector William Lobb in 1849.
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