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Berberis darwinii



Dense clusters of deep yellow flowers

An easy to grow spring flowering shrubs. Rich green, glossy evergreen leaves are the perfect back drop for the hanging clusters of rich gold flowers that appear in late spring and early summer and turn into blue berries in autumn. The flowers are loved by bees. A great choice for the back of a border, a low informal hedge or anywhere you need colour all year round.


Best in a sunny, sheltered spot in all but very dry soil.


Water well until established. Trim to shape in summer if needed.

This beautiful Berberis is from Chile and was first discovered by Charles Darwin on the 'Beagle' voyage.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn
Flowering May - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, 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. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, 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. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September