Berberis, ideal for defensive hedges

Berberis is a defensive hedge of great value, especially thanks to its blooming.

Basic Berberis facts

Name – Berberis
Family – Berberidaceae
Type – shrub

Height – 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 m)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary

Foliage – deciduous or persistent depending on the variety
Flowering – April-May

The planting, pruning and care will ensure the proper development of your berberis.

Planting berberis

It is best to plant berberis in fall to speed root development up.

Planting in spring is possible provided that regular watering over the first year after planting is foreseen.

Pruning and caring for berberis

For hedges, go for one pruning each in fall and spring to shape it into the silhouette you desire.

As a standalone, it can be pruned back in fall more or less by ¼ its height in order to boost blooming in spring.

Learn more about Berberis

Hedge made from deep red berberis varieties.This thorn bush encompasses several hundred species and this provides for a variety of shapes and colors.

It can be found with either green or purple leafage and the blooming ranges from pink to white through yellow and orange.

  • It is particularly well suited to creating defensive hedges and also to shrub beds.
  • A speciel Berberis variety is Berberis thunbergii

Smart tip about berberis

This shrub’s hardiness deserves respect, and you won’t need to add any fertilizer or other maintenance amendments.


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Green and red berberis by Anne under Pixabay license
Berberis hedge by u_arwhhsgp under Pixabay license