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Berberis temolaica
  • RHS AGM

blue barberry

A deciduous shrub with arching purple stems, glaucous when young, oblong grey-green leaves, and solitary pale yellow flowers in late spring. Berries egg-shaped, red, with a white bloom

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Berberidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts may cause mild stomach upset if ingested, contact with the spines may irritate the skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Berberis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with spiny shoots bearing simple, often spine-toothed leaves, and small yellow or orange flowers in axillary clusters or racemes, followed by small berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
SE Tibet

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or propagate by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

Berberis sawfly and aphids may occur

Diseases

Powdery mildews may be seen

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