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.