Darwin's Barberry Hedge Plants

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General Info RHS AGM, Edible Fruit / Nuts, Shrub, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Acidic, Poor/Dry
Colour Yellow/Gold
Type Evergreen, Hedging
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
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3 Litre Pot Available to order£16.98Available to order£15.96Available to order£15.60Available to order£15.00Available to order£14.40
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Berberis darwinii: Bareroot Berberis Hedging Plants Delivered from the Nursery with a Guarantee & Great Support

Evergreen, prickly, clippable, flowering and scented: Berberis darwinii or Darwin's Barberry has almost everything you could ask from a hedging plant or specimen bush, which is why it holds an RHS Award of Garden Merit. It looks good planted close to a wall or fence, and it is happy in the dappled shade cast by overhanging trees. Even though the prickly foliage is evergreen, it changes colour to rusty red in autumn.

It flowers in April, with dense clusters of fragrant, bright orange and yellow flowers appearing beneath the green leaves. These ripen into decorative bunches of edible purple-blue berries. Grown as a hedge, it regularly into a neat, formal shape. 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.

Good for hedges up to about 2m high. See our full range of berberis, or check out our other hedging plants.

Delivery season: Berberis darwinii hedge plants are delivered pot grown, year round when in stock.
Choosing a size: Small plants are cheaper and overall more convenient for hedge use, unless instant impact is your priority. If you are only buying a few plants for ornamental use, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Evergreen
  • Very hardy
  • Any well drained soil, coastal areas, exposed windy areas.
  • Perfect formal hedging.
  • Max. Height: 2m
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing Berberis darwinii

Suitable for any well-drained soil and can be planted in partial shade, although a sunny position will encourage more prolific flowering. It is tolerant of coastal conditions and can be planted in exposed spots and inner city areas too, making it a useful, versatile shrub. It is drought tolerant when established, but can be prone to mildew on dry soils.

It is naturally bushy, so it doesn't need clipping in its first year. In the winter of the year after planting, the hedge should be lightly trimmed, repeating every winter after that until it is mature. When the hedge is fully grown, it can be clipped at any time of year.

Spacing a Berberis hedge:
Plant at 3 plants per metre, 33cm apart.

Good in Your Garden

Great to add colour and structure to the winter garden, Berberis darwinii combines well with the vibrant stems of dogwoods and willows. The tiny holly-like leaves looks good as a contrast to the broad foliage of evergreens such as Fatsia japonica and Bergenia. Underplant with tulips like Ballerina or Prinses Irene to pick up the orange tones of the blossom in spring.

Did You Know?

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.

The fruit is edible and was a normal part of the local diet in its native lands, but is probably too sharp tasting for most people to enjoy fresh, so you could try using it as a surprise ingredient in a jam.

Flowers & Bees: In April, it produces tiny orange and yellow nectar-rich flowers that attract pollinating insects, especially bees. It is included as one of the RHS Plants for Pollinators.

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*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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