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Berberis darwinii (Darwin's barberry)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Berberis darwinii

Other names

Darwin's barberry

Genus

Berberis Berberis

Species

B. darwinii - B. darwinii a vigorous, dense, upright, evergreen shrub with glossy, oblong, spiny, dark green leaves and pendant racemes of dark orange flowers in mid- and late spring, sometimes again in autumn, followed by round, blue-black fruit.


Berberis darwinii is: Evergreen

Habit

Dense, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Dark-orange in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Berberis darwinii (Darwin's barberry) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in any soil, except waterlogged, in a sunny position for best fruiting.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Berberis darwinii

Other names

Darwin's barberry

Genus

Berberis Berberis

Species

B. darwinii - B. darwinii a vigorous, dense, upright, evergreen shrub with glossy, oblong, spiny, dark green leaves and pendant racemes of dark orange flowers in mid- and late spring, sometimes again in autumn, followed by round, blue-black fruit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Dense, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Dark-orange in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Berberis darwinii (Darwin's barberry) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in any soil, except waterlogged, in a sunny position for best fruiting.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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My Berberis Darwini grew to a large tree it was about 50 years old. I have cut it back some parts down to the root stump leaving just one new sapling to grow - any advice? will it grow back?

My Berberis Darwini grew to a large tree it was about 50 years old. I have cut it back some parts down to the root stump leaving just one new sapling to grow - any advice? will it grow back? read more

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