Berberis darwinii | Darwins Barberry | Evergreen Hedging
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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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Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order.
Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest.
You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.