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Berberis thunbergii Stardust



Compact shrub with unusual purple marbled foliage

This aptly named, neat little shrub really will create a starburst in your garden. Its young leaves are pale green as they emerge in spring and take on white and pink colours through the summer, before turning bright crimson with its final burst of autumn colour. Yellow flowers in spring are followed by crimson berries. Reliable and easy it's a great choice for the front of a border or container.


In sun or partial shade and any garden soil.


Water well until established. Use good quality loam based compost for containers. Trim to shape in spring if needed.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

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, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting September - November

Typically available

From March to September