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Berberis temolaica (Blue barberry)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2m
Max height
3m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Berberis temolaica

Other names

Blue barberry

Genus

Berberis Berberis

Species

B. temolaica - B. temolaica is an upright to arching, deciduous shrub with white stems turning purple with age, oblong, sparsely spiny, grey-green leaves, and pale yellow flowers in late spring followed by ellipsoid, red fruit.


Berberis temolaica is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pale-yellow in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Sawflies Aphids , Sawflies

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 2.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Berberis temolaica (Blue barberry) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 3m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Flowers and fruit are best in full sun.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Berberis temolaica

Other names

Blue barberry

Genus

Berberis Berberis

Species

B. temolaica - B. temolaica is an upright to arching, deciduous shrub with white stems turning purple with age, oblong, sparsely spiny, grey-green leaves, and pale yellow flowers in late spring followed by ellipsoid, red fruit.

Native to

Tibet

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Sawflies

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 2.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Berberis temolaica (Blue barberry) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 3m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Flowers and fruit are best in full sun.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

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

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