• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous 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 'Goldilocks'

barberry 'Goldilocks'

  • Other common names barberry 'Goldilocks'

  • Family Berberidaceae

  • 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

  • Details 'Goldilocks' is a vigorous shrub, up to 4m high, upright then spreading, with spiny stems, glossy, dark green, entire or slightly-toothed leaves and many clusters of red-stalked, golden yellow, scented flowers, from mid to late spring, followed by round blue-black fruits

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

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

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Chalk, Clay

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade; a sunny site will encourage fruiting. The flowers are good for pollinators

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings, or by stooling

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Wildlife Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 or pruning group 8

Pests May be affected by berberis sawfly, which can cause severe defoliation

Diseases May be affected by powdery mildews, rust diseases, and honey fungus

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