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Berberis verruculosa (Warty Barberry)

Warty Barberry, Warted Barberry


Tough and adaptable, Berberis verruculosa (Warty Barberry) is a medium-sized evergreen shrub of dense, rounded habit with gracefully arching branches covered with needle-sharp 3-parted spines. The oval leaves, 1-2 in. long (2-5 cm), are lustrous dark green above, silvery-white beneath. They turn burgundy to mahogany in winter. Bright golden-yellow, solitary flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), dangle along the stems in late spring to early June. They are followed by blue-black berries, which are attractive to birds. Warty Barberry tolerates a wide range of soils, including poor soils. Effective on banks and slopes, it can also be used as a specimen, hedge, or barrier plant.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 3-6 ft. tall (90-180 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade, in any soil as long as it is not soggy or wet. Drought tolerant once established. Best fruit production in full sun.
  • Perfect choice for banks and slopes, coastal gardens, cottage gardens or as an informal hedge or screen.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for berberis sawfly and powdery mildew. Deer resistant.
  • Prune immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed or from semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.
  • Native to China.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Berberis - Barberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Berberis - Barberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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