Wintergreen Barberry Plants

General Info Shrub
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Scotland & The North
Soil Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Yellow/Gold
Type Evergreen
Ornamental Autumn Colour
Flowering May, Jun
  Buy 11 or more bareroot plants and save

SIZES 1-10 11-5051-250251+
20/30 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £3.00Out of Stock£2.40Out of Stock£2.10Out of Stock£1.94Out of Stock£1.80
40/60 cm - Potted Out of Stock £10.26Out of Stock£9.36Out of Stock£8.52Out of Stock£8.04
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



Berberis julianae needs...
  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


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Berberis julianae: Wintergreen Barberry Hedging Plants

Berberis julianae, known as Wintergreen, Chinese, or Julia's Barberry, is a dense, thorny shrub that makes a strong, impenetrable hedge of up to 3m. Its young leaves unfurl in copper shades and yellow flowers appear in spring, which ripen into black berries. The leaves turn dark green in summer, finishing off the season by turning flame red and orange, staying on the branches until the following spring. The dense growth and long spines make an excellent intruder-proof hedge. It is suitable for any well-drained soil and tolerates dappled shade.

We stock a wide range of berberis hedging or have a look at our full range of hedging plants.

Delivery season: Berberis hedge plants are delivered bareroot during winter (November-March) depending on the weather and pot-grown year-round. Bareroot Barberry bushes are cheaper than pot-grown plants. Pot grown shrubs are available in the largest sizes.

Choosing a size: When you are ordering Berberis julianae for a hedge, we recommend that you use 20/30cm high plants. They are cheaper, easier to handle and will establish well in poor conditions. Use the 40/60cm tall potted plants if you want a mature hedge quickly, and for use as specimens.
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots or pots aren't measured).


  • Type: Hedging shrub
  • Site: Sun/partial shade
  • Area: Coastal, Exposed/Windy, Polluted
  • Soil: Any Well Drained
  • Leaf Colour: Dark green and copper
  • Leaf Type: Evergreen
  • Flower/fruit Colour: Yellow flowers, black berries
  • Special features: Autumn colour, berries

Growing Wintergreen Barberry

Barberries will grow well in sun or partial shade but you'll get the best flowers and berries in a sunny position. They're great for exposed or seaside gardens, as they will tolerate salt-laden winds. They only don't like a waterlogged site. Great for polluted inner city sites.

Spacing a Berberis julianae hedge: Plant about 50cm apart.

Good in Your Garden

It's rare that you get a secure hedging plant that has interest year-round, but the Wintergreen Barberry offers just that. From its yellow spring flowers and copper-tinted young foliage, summer plants form an excellent green backdrop to the showier stars of your borders. Just as the annuals and hardy perennials are dying off, the fabulous autumn foliage colours kick in and then actually stay on the plant during winter!

Like most of the barberries, its dense stems act as a perfect cover and nesting sites for small garden birds, especially those that nest near the ground, such as wrens.

If you're looking for plants for pollinators, the early single flowers are a vital source of food for bees - they become active if the temperature reaches above 10C, so it's important to have early and late-flowering plants in your garden.

Did You Know?

A native of Central China, this is one of the hardiest barberries, tolerating temperatures as low as -15C. Although the berries are not very visible, blackbirds and thrushes love them, especially when fattening up in autumn.

This species was brought to Britain from China by the prolific plant collector Ernest H Wilson in 1900. It was named by the German botanist Camillo Schneider (1876-1951), after his wife, Julia. Herr Schneider should have gone down in history as one of the 20th century's great Berberis scholars, but his life's academic work and manuscripts were destroyed by Allied bombing in 1943.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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