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Berberis pruinosa

15 Jan

Berberis pruinosa (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Berberis pruinosa (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full Sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Late spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 2m

Eventual Spread: 2m

Hardiness: 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a

Family: Berberidaceae

Berberis pruinosa is an evergreen shrub with a bushy habit. Its mid green glossy leaves are elliptic to ovate with entire mildly spiny margins, up to 6cm long and 2.5cm across. Its branches contain spines along their length. Its yellow flowers are up to 8mm across and are produced in clusters along the length of its branches. Its purple fruit have a white waxy bloom, are ellipsoid berries and up to 7mm long.

Berberis pruinosa Leaf (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Berberis pruinosa Leaf (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Berberis pruinosa, commonly known as Barberry, is native to south China. In its native habit it grows in thickets and forest margins

The etymological root of the binomial name for Berberis is derived from the Arabic  برباريس, the Arabic name for Berberis. Pruinosa is derived from the Latin pruinosus meaning ‘frosty’, in reference to its fruit.

When available the landscape architect may find Berberis pruinosa useful as an attractive evergreen spring flowering shrub whith interesting winter beries. It may be used as an effective impenetrable informal hedge.

Berberis pruinosa Fruit (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Berberis pruinosa Fruit (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Berberis pruinosa flowers are attractive to pollinating insects. The fruit are attractive to birds and some mammals. This shrub also provides good sheltering habitat for birds.

Berberis pruinosa prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Berberis pruinosa requires little maintenance. Necessary pruning should be carried out after flowering.

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Berberis valdiviana

16 Dec

Berberis valdiviana (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Berberis valdiviana (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full Sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Late spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 4m

Eventual Spread: 4m

Hardiness: 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Berberidaceae

Berberis valdiviana is an evergreen shrub with a bushy habit. Its dark green glossy leaves are elliptic to ovate with entire to mildly spiny margins, up to 7.5m long and 4cm across. Its fragrant yellow/ orange  flowers are up to 8mm across and are produced on hanging racemes which are up to 7cm long. Its purple fruit is a globose berry and up to 8mm across.

Berberis valdiviana, commonly known as Barberry, is native to Chile.

The etymological root of the binomial name for Berberis is derived from the Arabic  برباريس, the Arabic name for Berberis. Valdiviana is derived from the Latin meaning ‘ from Valdivia Province, Chile’.

Berberis valdiviana Leaf (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Berberis valdiviana Leaf (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

When available the landscape architect may find Berberis valdiviana useful as an attractive evergreen spring flowering shrub.

Ecologically, Berberis valdiviana flowers are attractive to pollinating insects. The fruit also attractive to birds and some mammals.

The Royal Horticultural Society have given Berberis valdiviana their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 2012.

Berberis valdiviana prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Berberis valdiviana requires little maintenance. Necessary pruning should be carried out after flowering.

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Diphylleia cymosa

11 Sep

Diphylleia cymosa (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Diphylleia cymosa (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Dappled shade to full shade

Flowering period: Mid spring to early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 60cm

Eventual Spread: 30cm

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Berberidaceae

Diphylleia cymosa is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit. Its mid green glossy leaves are lobate, up to 55cm long and 55cm broad. The leaf blade is divided at its apex into 2 parts, with each part having up to nine lobes, sparse pubescent hairs and a dentate margin. Its white  flowers are borne in terminal compound cymes, up to 5cm across. Its blue/ purple fruit is an ovoid berry and borne on conspicuous red stalks. Its roots are rhizomatous which aids its slow spread.

Diphylleia cymosa Fruit (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Diphylleia cymosa Fruit (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Diphylleia cymosa, commonly known as Umbrella Leaf or American Umbrella Leaf, is native to south east North America. In its native habitat it grows in mountainous woodland in wet areas and stream sides.

The etymological root of the binomial name Diphylleia is from the Greek di meaning ‘two’ and phyllon meaning ‘leaf’, referring to the two parts of the leaves. Cymosa is from the Latin meaning ‘furnished with cymes’.

The landscape architect may find Diphylleia cymosa useful as an ornamental woodland groundcover plant.

Diphylleia cymosa Leaf (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Diphylleia cymosa Leaf (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically,  Diphylleia cymosa is attractive to pollinating insects. Its berries are attractive to some birds and mammals.

Diphylleia cymosa prefers moist, fertile, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Diphylleia cymosa requires little maintenance.

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