Berberis x stenophylla



A hybrid between B. darwinii and B. empetrifolia, this evergreen shrub grows to 2.5m high and 3m wide. It has many woody stems and arching or pendulous branches featuring spines at the leaf nodes. The leaves are small, thick, and deep green with blue-green undersides. The golden flowers occur in spring, followed by blue-purple berries.


Suitable as a specimen shrub, it is also a popular plant for a flowering hedge.


This hardy shrub prefers full sun and is adaptable to most soils and grows best in temperate climates. They can be heavily pruned and are often grown as a hedge. Propagate by cuttings in summer. In some countries Berberis plants are prohibited due to their harbouring of the wheat rust fungus.


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