Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period –Spring with fruit in Autumn
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Berberis are deciduous or evergreen shrubs that are native to South West China. Simple yet attractive leaves and small citrus coloured flowers are often followed by voluptuous berries (Do not feel tempted to ingest any part of this plant as it may cause a mild stomach upset). These shrubs are best suited to banks, slopes, flower beds and borders in courtyard, coastal or informal gardens. You should expect to see your shrubs grow to an approximate height of 1m (40”) and a spread of 60-80cm (24-32”).
Berberis are best planted in well-drained soil of sand, chalk, clay and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Berberis are adaptable shrubs and will thrive in a position of full sun or part shade. You can plant Berberis at any time throughout the year, except when the ground is frozen. At the time of planting, dig a hole twice the depth of the root ball, and amend the soil with fish, bone and blood, mixing in well to the native soil. Place your Berberis into the planting area and firm the soil, watering deeply and thoroughly to settle into place.
Berberis are easy to care for and are low maintenance. Water is required in periods of drought or when the soil dries out as this will maintain a healthy and substantial root system. Berberis do not require regular feeding unless the ground is lacking in nutrients, although a mulch of compost or grass cuttings is beneficial.
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