• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Berberis julianae

Wintergreen barberry

Wintergreen barberry

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  • Other common names Wintergreen barberry
    Chinese barberry

  • Genus Berberis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with spiny shoots bearing simple, often spine-toothed leaves, and small yellow or orange flowers in axillary clusters or racemes, followed by small berries

  • Family Berberidaceae / Berberidaceae

  • Species B. julianae is a compact evergreen shrub to 3m, with rigid, glossy elliptic leaves and racemes of yellow flowers, tinged with red, in late spring. Bloomy black berries in autumn

  • Plant range C & W China

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Chalk, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows in any soil except waterlogged. A sunny position will encourage fruiting

Propagation Propagate by seed or from semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Hedging & Screens Banks and Slopes Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be infected by powdery mildews

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