Berberis, commonly known as Barberry, are a large and variable genus of about 400 species of hardy deciduous and evergreen shrubs. Whilst some are invasive weeds, many have been bred and cultivated for their beautiful foliage, flowers and even fruit, making them worthy additions to gardens. Their flowers are used for producing yellow dyes while their roots have been known for antibacterial properties. Different berberis varieties grow to varying sizes from 50 cm to 2 m and have a range of foliage colours, including purple, red, green and golden yellow. Berberis are great hedging plants and their mass of thorny stems can also work as a crime stopper!
Full sun to part shade
Water every few days when young, drought tolerant once established
Suitable for cool & temperate climates