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Berberis (Barberry)

Barberries or Berberis is a very diverse, large genus from the northern and southern (especially Chile in South America) hemisphere with perennial, evergreen or deciduous, usually woody shrubs. Many species have very showy, axillary born flowers above fine foliage and ornamental, bright colored berries in autumn. Most species are easily grown in any humus-rich, well drained soil in partial shade to full sun.
Sow in autumn in any rich, well drained, sandy soil in pots outside. Most seeds of Berberis species require a cooling period for several months before they will germinate in late spring. Transplant in autumn or late spring.
All are USDA Climate Zone 6.
20 seeds per package.
To U.S. customers only: All Berberis species are prohibited for importation to the U.S.
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Berberis amurensis (Amur Barberry)

Berberis amurensis (Amur Barberry)

3 (5)m, Amur Barberry is a tall and broad, deciduous, woody shrub with small, serrated foliage, axillary born, pendulous clusters of creamy flowers followed by ornamental, salmon-pink to orange red berries in autumn and winter. A rare and threatened endemic of montane woods in the Amur region in Russia. For any rich, well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. VI-VII.
U.S. customers only: All Berberis species are prohibited for importation to the U.S.
20 seeds per package.

Berberis chilensis (Michay)

Berberis chilensis (Michay)

100 (200)cm Michay is a showy evergreen medium sized to tall woody shrub with leathery, glossy, broadly serrated leaves, small yellowish flowers and round bluish fruits in late summer. Native of dryish rocky spots in shrub lands in Chile. For any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep drier at a minimum of some 5°C. Seeds from a wild collection in VII Region, Los Ruiles at some 400m. VI-VII.
20 seeds per package.

Berberis cretica (Crete Bareberry)

Berberis cretica (Crete Bareberry)

100 (150)cm, Crete Bareberry is a small deciduous shrub from montane pine forests and has slightly arching, spiny stems and small yellowish flowers followed by dark blue berries in late summer and autumn. For any rich, well drained soil in a sunny to partially shaded spot. V-VI.
20 seeds per package.

Berberis empetrifolia (Uva de la Cordillera)

Berberis empetrifolia (Uva de la Cordillera)

100 (200)cm Uva de la Cordillera is an most ornamental small evergreen woody shrub with leathery, needle like, dark green leaves, numerous orange yellow pendulous flowers and round bluish fruits in late summer. Native of dryish rocky spots in montane shrub lands in Chile. May be tried in the garden in any rich, well drained soil in a protected spot with shelter from winter wetness and an insulating protection from freezing through (e.g. a thick dry mulch layer). Better for a frostfree cultivation in a cool greenhouse or unheated wintergarden at a minimum of some 5°C with reduced watering. Seeds from a wild collection in VII Region, Camino a Laguna Maule at some 1800m. VI-VII.
20 seeds per package.

Berberis montana (Calafete)

Berberis montana (Calafete)

100 (200)cm Calafete is an most ornamental medium sized to tall evergreen woody shrub with small, leathery, oblong dark green leaves, numerous showy orange yellow flowers and egg shaped bluish fruits in late summer. Native of dryish rocky spots in montane shrub lands in Chile. May be tried in the garden in any rich, well drained soil in a protected spot with shelter from winter wetness and an insulating protection from freezing through (e.g. a thick dry mulch layer). Better for a frostfree cultivation in a cool greenhouse or unheated wintergarden at a minimum of some 5°C with reduced watering. Seeds from a wild collection in VII Region, Laguna Maule at some 1800m. VI-VII.
20 seeds per package.

Berberis rotundifolia (Michay)

Berberis rotundifolia (Michay)

100 (170)cm Michay is a medium sized evergreen woody shrub with oval, leathery, mid green leaves, numerous small yellowish flowers and quite large round fruits in late summer. Native of dryish rocky spots in montane shrub lands in Chile. May be tried in the garden in any rich, well drained soil in a protected spot with shelter from winter wetness and an insulating protection from freezing through (e.g. a thick dry mulch layer). Better for a frostfree cultivation in a cool greenhouse or unheated wintergarden at a minimum of some 5°C with reduced watering. Seeds from a wild collection in VII Region, Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas at some 2000m. VI-VII.
20 seeds per package.