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Berberis: ideal as a defensive hedge

Berberis: ideal as a defensive hedge

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Berberis is a defensive shrub of great ornamental quality, especially thanks to its flowering and decorative berries.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Berberis
Family : Berberidaceae
Type : Shrub

: 1 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Ordinary

: Obsolete or persistent -Flowering : April May

Planting, pruning and maintenance will participate in the proper development and growth of your berberis. © ValentinaDudnichenko

Planting berberis

It's better to plant berberis in the fall to promote rooting and therefore a better recovery the following year.

Planting possible in spring provided you plan to water more regularly the 1st year following planting.

  • In hedges, respect a minimum spacing of 1 m between each foot.
  • Follow our planting tips.

Berberis is pungent and it is best to avoid planting it near places of passage.

Berberis in pot:

There are dwarf species which are particularly suitable for container culture.

  • Avoid excessively hot situations when planted in pots
  • Water regularly, especially in summer
  • Mulch the soil to maintain humidity in the pot because evaporation is much faster
  • Applying shrub fertilizer once a year is necessary when grown in a container

Pruning and caring for berberis

Once properly installed, barberry berberis will hardly require any special care or maintenance.

Barberry berberis is particularly pruning tolerant and can therefore be reduced to the desired height, especially when planted as a hedge.

In hedge, choose a size in fall and spring to give it the shape you want.

Isolated, we can cut in autumn about 1/4 of its height to promote spring flowering.

Mulching at the foot of the berberis helps to maintain moisture in the soil and prevent weed growth.

To know about berberis

This thorny has several hundred species and therefore many different shapes and colors.

It is very decorative, both for its foliage and for its pretty berries which appear in the fall and which delight birds.

Particularly flowering in spring, it will also delight the eyes.

It is found with both green and purple foliage, and blooms vary from pink to white through yellow and orange.

  • It is particularly suitable for defensive hedges but also for shrub beds.
  • Berberis is resistant to frost and negative temperatures below -15 ° or even -20 °.

Note that there are nearly 450 species of berberis, some with deciduous foliage and others with evergreen foliage.

Smart tip about berberis

The good hardiness of berberis frees you from any fertilizer or maintenance product.

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