Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In | Plantsman’s Favourites -

In the Nether­lands, where Berberis thunbergii is of­ten planted in pub­lic parks, many gar­den en­thu­si­asts ac­tively dis­like these thorny bushes, con­sid­er­ing them merely a mu­nic­i­pal plant. But, if pruned just once early in the year, this cul­ti­var re­wards you with pro­nounced spot­ted red leaves, and when neatly pruned into a dome shape is a great ad­di­tion to the bor­der. Even in win­ter its fil­i­gree habit adds struc­ture between the skele­tons of spent peren­ni­als.

Height 1.5m. Ori­gin Gar­den ori­gin (species Ja­pan). Con­di­tions Well-drained soil; full sun to part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H7, USDA 4a-8b. Sea­son of in­ter­est Year round.

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