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What is the difference between evergreen and deciduous Berberis? 

  • Evergreen berberis varieties are more shade-tolerant, and have more impressive flowers. They holds their leaves year round.
  • Deciduous berberis varieties are best planted in full sun, and give a colourful Autumn display before dropping their leaves.
    Because Berberis is so dense, you still can't see through a clipped hedge in Winter, and the berries - which are more visible after the leaves fall - provide a long season of interest. The flowers tend to be smaller, but still attractive to pollinating insects. 

Which Berberis should I choose?

Best Berberis for boundary hedging: Berberis thunbergii, both Green and Purple, and Berberis julianae have the prickliest thorns. Berberis julianae and Berberis darwinii will grow the tallest, reaching up to 3-4m.

Best Berberis for colourful flowers: Berberis darwinii has vivid yellow-orange flowers, which mature into deep blue berries.

Best Berberis for Autumn colour: All the Berberis thunbergii varieties have good autumn foliage.

Best Berberis for mixed borders: Berberis 'Chocolate Summer' is a semi-dwarf variety that grows to under 1.5m, perfect for the back or middle of a flower bed. 


What is the difference between Bareroot and Pot Grown Berberis?

  • Bareroot plants are cheaper, easier to carry and plant, and tend to establish even better than their pot grown equivalents. 
    They can only be planted between November and March.
  • Pot grown plants can be planted year round. Some types of Berberis, and some larger sizes, are only sold pot grown.
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