Berberis × frikartii 'Amstelveen'
A vigorous evergreen small shrub approximately 0.5-1m high, with a dense, arching habit, thorny stems, attractive drooping shoots and spiny, glossy dark green leaves that are pale white to pale grey-green beneath. Produces pale yellow flowers to 1.5cm across in late spring, followed by blue-black berries in autumn. Foliage turns red in autumn and winter.
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureWell–drained, Moist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Spring||Yellow||Green Grey Silver|
|Summer||Yellow||Green White Grey|
|Autumn||Green Red||Black Blue|
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or South–facing or West–facing
ExposureSheltered or Exposed
- Native to the UK
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
How to grow
Grows in almost any well drained soil, though flowering and fruiting are best in full sun. Tolerates some drought once established.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
- Hedging and screens
May be susceptible to Powdery mildews.
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