A tough, low-growing, and sometimes prostrate, extremely thorny little shrub from Greece, Crete and Cyprus. It's a sun lover and drought tolerant once well established. It has small oval mid green leaves that turn good fiery colours briefly before they fall in the autumn. Short clusters of pale yellow flowers in sping become tiny blue-black berries that develop a pale blueberry-like bloom in the autumn. Birds love the berries.
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureWell–drained, Moist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Autumn||Yellow Red Orange||Black Blue|
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset, contact with spines may irritate skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
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
- Plant range
How to grow
Grows in any soil except waterlogged. A sunny position will encourage fruiting. Drought tolerant once established. For more information please see shrub cultivation.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Rock garden
- Mediterranean climate plants
- Gravel garden
- Low Maintenance
- Banks and slopes
May be susceptible to Powdery mildews.
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