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Berberis verruculosa


Warted barberry

Perfect addition to a rockery

A very compact and slow growing evergreen shrub eventually reaching 1.2 metres (4ft) tall. The small, glossy dark green leaves are white on the undersides and packed on arching stems which give the shrub its rounded habit. Generally thorny and prickly this is a good choice as a deterrent to wildlife and cats. Small, golden-yellow, bee-friendly flowers smother the plant in spring.


Grows in sun or shade in beds and borders. Good for small gardens and under the light shade of trees.


Any reasonable soil; good on clay or chalk. No pruning required, but may be shaped after flowering.

Commonly known as the warty barberry because of the small bumps on the stems of mature plants

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
Flowering May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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, Banks and slopes, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From March to September