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A picture of a Barberry


Berberis spp.

Berberis harrisoniana 005 by Spirituscanis (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


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  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Barberry Overview

Berberis is a large genus of just under 600 species of evergreen and deciduous spiny shrubs, commonly referred to as Barberry. They are found throughout the Northern hemisphere as well as tropical Africa and South America. Barberries are mainly cultivated for their colourful autumn foliage and fruit. Large species can be used for hedging and specimen plants, and dwarf varieties are suitable for rock gardens. All parts of Berberis are toxic if ingested and the spines can cause skin irritation. Many plants once known as Mahonia have recently been reclassified and are now included in this genus. These plants are often still bred and sold separately.

Common problems with Barberry

How to propagate Barberry



Special features of Barberry

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Other uses of Barberry

Grown for the rounded to cup-shaped flowers and for their fruits. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Deer Resistant Plants

Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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Spring Flowering Shrubs

Growing these shrubs will give you a glorious spring display of flowers.

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