Berberis or Barberry

Berberis is probably one of the most useful ornamental ‘Keep To The Path’ hedges. They are all covered in thorns, some small like Berberis darwinii, and some really large (over 25mm long) like Berberis julianna, which are strong enough to penetrate leather gloves. Therefore mind fingers and eyes. Some are evergreen and some deciduous, and many of the deciduous varieties have a strong autumn leaf colour. The flowers are yellow to orange, some giving the best orange flowers of any flowering shrub. There are some dwarf varieties.

Berberis thunbergii in autumn

Berberis thunbergii berries

Berberis juliana

Berberis gagnepaini

Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’

Berberis thunbergii ‘Aurea’

Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’