Barberry 'Wallich's Purple'

Berberis 'Wallich's Purple' | Also known as: Berberis x interposita 'Wallich's Purple' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

There are around 500 species of berberis that are commonly used as evergreen and deciduous garden shrubbery. Berberis are thorny plants that come in a range of sizes, often varying in colour, with foliage of green, yellow, pink or even red hues. In addition to their bright foliage, berberis produce flowers that are normally yellow or orange. These blooms can be produced singly or develop in bunches, and often develop into attractive berries later in the year. Berberis are hardy plants that can cope with cold winters, and thrive in most soils apart from waterlogged material.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or you may have mild stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 1.8 - 2.4
Spread [m]
  • 2 - 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Red shades
Foliage in summer
  • Red shades
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Arching
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-9
Heat zone
  • H9-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - -1
Heat days
  • 60 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Banks and slopes
  • Specimen
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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With a name such as Dwarf Box Leaf Barberry, you’d be right in thinking that this is a smaller plant. And indeed, in the Barberry family it is quite tiny. In the spring this evergreen flowers with yellow blooms, and in the autumn is bedecked with purple berries. Berberis microphylla is a good choice for the beginner gardener, or anyone looking for a low-maintenance garden plant. It’s also particularly hardy, so will happily survive the worst of the British winter, as long as you plant it in a full sunlight or partially shaded position.

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Darwin’s Barberry is a beautiful shrub that becomes festooned with dark orange flowers during the spring. Easy to grow, it’s a perfect choice for the novice gardener or those looking for a low maintenance garden. It is quite slow growing and can take up to 20 years to reach its full potential. After it’s flowers fade it then boasts blue-black fruits, meaning it provides a delightful, ever-changing vista throughout the year. Berberis darwinii is great for hedging or screens, or as ground cover, and it enjoys either a full sunlight or partially shaded position.

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PLANTS Berberis dictyophylla | -23°C - -1°C beginner Partial shade, Full sun

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PLANTS Berberis gagnepainii | -23°C - -1°C beginner Partial shade, Full sun

Barberry Georgi is a delightful evergreen shrub that sports pale yellow flowers during the spring, followed by deep red berries during the summer. Its narrow green leaves turn beautiful shades of red during the winter, perfect for adding colour during the most grey and dreary months of the year. Berberis gagnepainii can take up to 20 years to reach full maturity. ‘Georgi’ likes to be grown in full sunlight or partial shade, and can tolerate most types of soil.

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PLANTS Berberis julianae | -23°C - -1°C beginner Partial shade, Full sun

The Wintergreen Barberry is a dark shaded evergreen that blossoms into clusters of yellow or red-tinged flowers during the late springtime. These are followed by black fruits in the autumn. It’s quite a large plant, although is slow growing and can take 20 years to attain its full height. This hardy, easy to grow plant requires little on-going maintenance, making it the ideal choice for the time-short gardener. Be aware that Berberis julianae is toxic if ingested, so perhaps not the best if you have small children.

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Orange King is a wonderful plant that blooms with a striking display of orange flowers during the spring, followed by dark purple fruits in the autumn. It is a very simple plant to grow and look after. Plant ‘The King’ in full sunlight or partial shade, and he’ll tolerate most kinds of soil. As you’d expect from anyone who wears a crown, Berberis linearifolia is a tough number, and can cope with frosts or being in an area exposed to the worst the weather can throw at him. Ideal for hedging or screen, he’s also a good choice for coastal region gardens.

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