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Berberis x ottawensis f. purpurea Superba



Great vigour and good purple coloured leaves and yellow flowers

Fast growing, this stunning shrub makes a lovely thick hedge or is a good choice for a specimen at the back of a border. Its graceful, arching stems quickly fill a big space. In early summer, the plant is covered in clusters of bright yellow flowers, which are loved by bees and other insects. Deep wine red leaves are a feature from spring through to autumn, when they then turn a glowing red before falling.


Best given plenty of room to spread in a sunny or partially shaded border, in any soil that's not waterlogged.


Water well until established. Cut back vigorous new stems by two thirds in late summer to keep in shape.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
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 No
Plant height in 5 years 65 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

Typically available

From March to September