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Berberis darwinii 'Compacta'
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Darwin's barberry 'Compacta'

'Compacta' is an evergreen shrub with small, densely-packed, holly-like leaves, red-tinged in spring. Hanging sprays of small orange flowers with touches of red appear in spring, followed by bunches of blue-black berries

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Orange Red Red Green
Summer Green Black Blue
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Berberidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
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

Name status

Not established

How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Banks and slopes
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Could be affected by berberis sawfly

Diseases

Generally disease free

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