Berberis darwinii

Berberis darwinii
Berberis darwinii 
Darwin's barberry
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-2m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS golden
BLOOMING TIME May - May
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Darwin’s barberry is another of few evergreen barberries with sufficient hardiness for our climate conditions. It originates in Latin America, in the regions of Chile and Argentina and was first discovered by Charles Darwin, what a surprise, in 1835.

It is a nice and reliable shrub with holly-like, evergreen leaves that are deep green and very glossy. In mid spring appears profusion of up to 5 cm long clusters with small, scented, fantastic golden yellow or almost orange flowers. They are followed by spherical blue fruit in autumn that is a delicacy for birds that can start a fight for it. The berries are edible for humans, too, but not too tasty. As most barberries, branches have many 2-3 cm long sharp spines.

The plant grow medium fast and can easily be pruned or clipped to shapes from mid spring until mid summer. Grow it in almost any well-drained soil, no fertilizing needed. Hardy to -24°C (USDA zone 6).

Last update 15-02-2010
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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