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Berberidopsis corallina

Coral Plant

Evergreen climber with crimson dangling flowers

Originally from the Chilean woodlands, Berberidopsis Corallina is a climbing, evergreen beauty with vivid crimson pendant like flowers that bloom in late summer all the way through to early autumn.


Prefers sheltered spots and thrives in partial shade on a diet of hummus-rich, well-drained soil.


These self-clinging climbers (although it will appreciate some support) look beautiful when left to grow against a wall or tree.

Corallina can withstand temperatures down to - 5°C and is said to be now extinct in the wild. The flexible stems have been known to be used in basket weaving in South America.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Climber
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering July - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 300 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 170 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 270 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot at least 15cm away from the wall, fence or support. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant – along with its supporting cane in the hole, leaning onto the support, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Arrange and tie the stems onto the support. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From March to September