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Barberry Superba in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Berberis x ottawensis f. purpurea 'Superba'

 

Barberry 'Superba'

Berberis are deciduous or evergreen shrubs. The deciduous species, such as Berberis thunbergii or Berberis vulgaris, are cultivated as an ornamental, noted for their attractive autumn colour. They produce clusters of orange or yellow flowers in late Spring to early Summer, followed by colourful ovoid berries. 'Superba' is a thorny deciduous shrub producing young bronze/red leaves which eventually turn purple. It sports tiny yellow flowers falling from arching branches and red berries in Autumn with lovely leaf colour. Good contrast against green leaved shrubs.

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plant Features
  • Barberry Superba likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Barberry Superba likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Barberry Superba is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Barberry Superba likes all soil conditions

    All soil conditions

 
plant information

Common name

Barberry 'Superba'

Latin name

Berberis x ottawensis f. purpurea 'Superba'

type

Flowering Shrub

family

Berberidaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Barberry Superba likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Barberry Superba is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Barberry Superba likes all soil conditions

    All soil conditions

  • Water

    Barberry Superba likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Barberry Superba is 2.50meters x 2.50meters 2.50 M 2.50 M

Berberis x ottawensis f. purpurea 'Superba'

Berberis are deciduous or evergreen shrubs. The deciduous species, such as Berberis thunbergii or Berberis vulgaris, are cultivated as an ornamental, noted for their attractive autumn colour. They produce clusters of orange or yellow flowers in late Spring to early Summer, followed by colourful ovoid berries. 'Superba' is a thorny deciduous shrub producing young bronze/red leaves which eventually turn purple. It sports tiny yellow flowers falling from arching branches and red berries in Autumn with lovely leaf colour. Good contrast against green leaved shrubs.


Propagation by cuttings

From Late Summer TO Mid Autumn

Semi hard wood cuttings are taken from the current years growth from late summer to mid autumn the bottom of the cuttings is hard and soft on the top. With a sharp knife take a cutting of about 14cms, remove lowest leaves, dip end into rooting hormone, and place round the edge of a pot filled with a suitable compost, water well, they must remain moist till rooted, place under glass but in semi shade.

 

Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Autumn

Plant out pot grown shrubs in a reasonably fertile, sheltered and in full sun or partial shade. Dig a hole twice the width of the rootball. Sprinkle in a handful of blood, fish and bone and work into the ground. It can be planted all year long if the soil is not frozen however, early spring and early autumn are the best times for planting.

 
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