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Berberis thunbergii

Review Notes: B. thunbergii is a spiny medium-sized deciduous shrub of compact habit. Leaves obovate, 2-3cm, turning red and orange in autumn. Flowers solitary, yellow, flushed red on sepals. Glossy bright scarlet berries.

Pruning
Winter, spring and early summer-flowering evergreens such as Rhododendron and Camellia are best left unpruned except for removal of unsightly shoots and deadheading, unless some shaping is required. Do this by lightly cutting back shoots after flowering. Deadheading and removal of dead, damaged and diseased growth can be done at the same time.
Certain evergreen shrubs require a harder prune to increase flowering or to maintain their attractive shape. Examples include groundcover such as Mahonia aquifolium and Hypericum calycinum which look best sheared over in spring.
Shrubs that get unkempt such as Santolina also look better if pruned to a compact shape or even sheared to ground level in spring

Pests Can be severely defoliated by sawflies.
Diseases May be infected by powdery mildews .
Toxicity Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Soil Acid, Alkaline or Neutral. Moist but well-drained or well-drained. Chalk, Clay, Loam or Sand.
Aspect All aspects. Exposed or Sheltered.

Propagation Propagate by seed or from semi-hardwood cuttings.

Flowers: Red and Yellow in Spring.
Foliage: Orange and Red in Autumn.
Fruits: Red in Autumn.
Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous.

Suggested Plant Uses: Banks and Slopes, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Hedging/Screens or Low Maintenance

Supplied Height Approx 12" 1.95 + P&P







Plant Type:- Shrub
Colour:- Red and Yellow in Spring
Flowering Period:- Apr to May

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