Berberis darwinii

2 litre pot £17.99
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Buy Berberis darwinii Darwin's barberry: Evergreen shrub with distinctive orange flowers in spring

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Clusters of small, nodding, orange-yellow flowers appear in mid- and late spring, followed by bluish-purple autumn berries. This upright, evergreen shrub has small, spiny, dark green, holly-like leaves and is useful to fill a difficult spot in the garden, provided it has space to spread out. It also makes a good informal, flowering hedge. Vigorous and easy to grow, it often produces a second flush of flowers in autumn.

    Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Where some pruning is required, cut back in autumn or winter, after the appearance of the autumn fruits.

  • Humans/Pets: Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten

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Notes on Berberis darwinii

"Early bright-orange clusters of flower, with blood-orange markings, set against dark-green tiny leaves on a burglar-proof medium-sized bush"

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Essential plant


This is a completely essential plant for me. Insects are grateful for flowers at this time of year. The flowers are small but really stand out against the dark leaves, that stay on through winter. It has really raised my spirits during dark wet winters. Mine grew to shoulder height in 4 years, despite being moved twice. It looks good as a stand-alone plant but would look great as a hedge. The pointy leaves are burglar- proof.



Beautiful! Very happy!


Turned up in great condition, and reasonable sized plant too for the price. This and a Rhododendron I bought from Crocus at the same time are the healthiest plants I've ever bought from an online supplier. The Berberis is doing fantastic and growing very nicely and healthily. Can't wait for it to reach its full height and potential!


North West


A hedge with prickles


I purchased the plants to provide a nice prickly hedge between my garden and a school playing field. They are still relatively small, but are filling out and gaining height. They have very attractive orange coloured berries which seem to cover the whole plant. No real maintenance just keep them watered during the early months. I would certainly recommend.

Lady Penelope



Healthy and hardy plant


Now growing bigger in my garden, lovely yellow flowers in spring after 1 year of growth




Seems very hardy


This Berberis arrived looking very small but healthy (as all Crocus plants are). It is in the garden in a spot facing South East and has flourished. Flowers appeared during a cold wet January and it is now a sturdy healthy shrub.


County Durham


Very good plants


Trying to plants in the right place.




Quality plant but would have liked bigger


Plant arrived well packaged and in good conidtion. Has established well and is very healthy in a very chalky soil close to the coast. The only criticism and reason for 4 stars was that I would have liked a bigger plant to start with. It has grown significantly since planting, but will take a while to reach a good size.


South Coast


Beautiful hardy plant


I planted this in a rather exposed part of the garden, windy and dry. It is alive, not growing as fast as it should but I'm confident in time it will establish itself as it is hardy and healthy. Leaves are prickly but beautiful in shape and colour. I hope it flowers this year so the bees get to feed on them but it's only been planted less than a year so.




i would buy from CROCUS again


Evergreen, sturdy ideal for shade good quality allround

Expert Gardener



Looking forward to watching it grow


Looking forward to getting this plant established in my new garden & the birds will love it too

Kathryn Tallack



Berberis darwinii

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HI Can you tell me if the berries are poisonous at all to cats or dogs please, I have both and they are prone to nibbling on anything I plant in the garden. Thanks


Hello, It may be better to check with your vet, but I have had a look on both the Cats Protection and Dogs Trust lists of poisonous plants (see links below) and cannot see it there. Cats Protection Dogs Trust


Hi.i have a 10 meter long east facing wall which receives little/no direct sun but is brightly lit;I was thinking of a mix of barberry,fire thorn and mahonia as a security precaution. will they thrive without the direct sun light and if so, i presume I may miss out on masses of flowers and/or berries?thanks


Hello there Yes Mahonia, Berberis darwinii, and Pyracantha should be fine as they are all tough plants that will tolerate an east facing site, and light shade. Hope this helps.

Hello I am in need of screening for privacy ASAP. Please can you tell me if Berberis darwinii could be planted in a large tank (275 litres) in a very windy coastal location (SW England? If so when should I plant and how many plants will I need for an area of 0.5 sq.metre?

Driftwood Dan

Hello, These are pretty tough plants so they should be fine in the conditions you described, provided they are kept well fed and watered. Now is an ideal time to plant, and as they have an eventual height and spread of 3m, you should only need one plant.


Can you please advise as to the best time to plant this into a border? Thanks.


Hello there As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, so now would be a great time to plant this Berberis, or in the Spring the temperatures start to rise. Hope this helps


Hi there, could I ask would this hedge do well in poor soil. Based on the size of the plant you sell how many would I need to cover an area of three and a half fence panels. Also what gap would need to be left between them. Thank you


Hello, These plants are pretty tolerant of most conditions including poor soils, however if you want the hedge to flourish, you should dig in lots of composted organic matter before you plant. As for how many you will need, to create a nice dense screen, I would recommend planting them at 45cm intervals. The width of fence panels do vary, but if you have ones that are 180cm wide, then you will need 14 plants to cover the 6.3m length.


Imformal Hedge needed Good Morning, Could you please help me? I have just erected a 4ft fence around the front of my property, and I would like to plant an informal hedge. The problem is that I need one that will be sturdy and strong enough to combat footballs as I live around a green. I would like to plant something that is very hardy, extremely quick growing with thorny, spiky stems, which I can cut with a hedge trimmer to shape. I thought either one of the Pyracanthas or the Berberis darwinii. Out of the 2 which one would you recommend me to order, as I would like to plant the hedge as soon as can. Thank you, Nadine

Nadine Bolton

Hello Nadine, Both of them would be suitable, but I think the Berberis will be slightly faster growing so may be your best option. I hope this helps, Helen Plant Doctor

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Plants to deter cats Hello, my tiny terrace garden was recently made over at some expense but my 2 beloved moggies have ruined the one flower bed by using it as a loo-I am about to spend yet more money on having it cleaned up but how do I deter the cats from ruining it again? They are outdoor cats and use the catflap and there is nowhere indoors to put a litter tray anyway. Friends suggested several centimetres of woodchips? on the soil would put them off but I would value your advice before I invest. Also, which perfumed lilies are poisonous to cats?-or are they all? I am not thinking of poisoning the 2 moggies but I would like some lilies in pots but not if they are going to harm the cats. Also, suggestions of perfumed climbing shrubs that will stand shade. Many thanks Sonia

Sonia Richardson

Hello There, There are a couple of ways you can deter cats from the garden. Firstly you can plant lots of things that have spines or thorns, thus making it awkward for them to dig in - here are some of my favourites. Pyracantha's are ideal - this is a prickly wall shrub that has small white flowers which become fabulous red berries in autumn. Berberis is another good choice: Chaenomeles: Ilex (holly): All of the above plants are evergreen (except Chaenomeles), so you will have year round interest. There are loads of cat deterrents on the market that work by scent or water. We have a few on our site. Other methods that you could try include sprinkling curry powder around the boundaries where they frequent, drying your used tea bags and then putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on them before scattering in the garden. Orange peel when broken into small pieces and scattered around the borders works wonders and it's cheap as does grated, perfumed soap. As for the lilies, I think they are all quite toxic to cats, so they should be avoided. Finally, the best scented climbers for shade are the Loniceras - just click on the following link to go straight to them I hope this helps and good luck! Helen Plant Doctor

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What plants for a neglected patch? Hello, We are trying to improve a rather nasty mud patch in our garden. It is in the shade and the soil is very, very dry - we have had to use a pick axe to turn it over. My question is what types of plants would be suitable for this terrain? Kind Regards, Mark

Mark Siddle

Hello Mark, All plants will need a degree of comfort, so the best thing to do would be to improve the soil by digging in as much organic matter as you can. Once you have done this you can plant tough, low maintenance things like Ajuga, Alchemilla mollia, Aucuba japonica, Berberis, Bergenia, Euonymus fortunei, Lamium, Sarcococca, Skimmia, Viburnum davidii or Vincas. It will be very important though that these are kept really well watered for at least the first year until they have had a chance to become established. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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How big are your Berberis darwinii plants? I am thinking of getting one or two Berberis darwinii. Can you give me the approximate size of your plants?

Terry Severn

It is difficult to be precise, but these plants would be approximately 25-30cm tall at time of sale.


Which plants are Deer proof? I want a list of Deer proof plants please. It`s either a change in habitat or environment, but I get total devastation now and in the last two years they come up the drive.


Deer can be a real problem and deer proof plants are usually thorny, poisonous or simply taste awful, but it is hard to give a definitive list as you might get the odd deer with unusual tastes which might like the bitter taste! Below is a list of good plants that generally are quite successful though. Cornus varieties, Rhus, Sophora, Solanum, Berberis, Rosemary, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Ilex, Pyracantha, Garrya, Juniperus, Nandina, Elaeagnus, Aralia, Aucuba, Cortaderia, Yucca, Santolina, Hypericum, Myrtle, Vinca, Achillea, Digitalis, Echinacea and Dryopteris. Finally, fencing is one method to protect garden crops from deer. Since deer jump, you need an 8-foot fence for best results or stout chicken-wire fencing securely around smaller garden plots. Alternatively, fence the area with a thorny shrub, preferably something that will grow to at least 6 feet. Deer eat roses and some thorns but hawthorn, boxwood and holly will exclude them. Deer are also deterred by dogs, hanging aluminum foil, mirrors, wood that hits objects in the wind and other noise-makers. Some old-fashioned repellents are human hair and blood and bonemeal. Hanging bars of fragrant deodorant soap from branches may work. Other well-known deer repellents are mothballs or moth flakes spread on the ground or put in mesh bags for hanging in a tree. Unfortunately though, no repellent is 100 percent effective, especially if the deer population is high and deer are starving.


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