Berberis ottawensis 'Superba'

Berberis ottawensis 'Superba'

Common name: Barberry

Family: Berberidaceae

Plant type Shrub
Height 5 to 6 feet
Spread 4 to 5 feet
Habit Bushy
Foliage Deciduous
Growth rate Moderate
Interests Flowers, fruit, foliage
Uses Borders
Skill level Beginner
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 5
Heat zone
Sun Full sun to part shade
Moisture Average to moist
Soil type Very acid to very lime
Soil fertility Moderate
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average
Flower colour Yellow
Flower season Late spring
Flower size Small
Foliage colour Purple
Fruit colour Red
Edible parts
Harvest time
Features Thorny
Texture Medium, spiny

Berberis ottawensis 'Superba' is a vigorous, deciduous shrub. It is grown primarily for is metallic deep-purple foliage. It also bears yellow flowers in spring and occasionally a crop or red berries. The stems bear long, sharp thorns.

Berberis ottawensis 'Superba' is easy to grow, thriving in sun or part shade on any soil which is not waterlogged. It grows best if pruned to the ground every few years.


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