Berberis is a thorny shrub which tolerates most light conditions and soils however the purple-leaved varieties can turn green if planted in the shade. It grows three to six feet tall and spreads four to seven feet. In addition, berberis can be trimmed and used as a hedging plant. Berberis grows slowly but transplants easily, consequently can be readily relocated should your original positioning be non-optimal. The main ornamental features are persistent red fruits, although some varieties fruit more heavily than others, and Autumn colour in shades of red, orange and yellow. Berberis produces yellow flowers, but these are not highly ornamental.

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