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Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

Japanese Barberry hedging

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A dense and spiny shrub, Berberis thunbergii hedge plants boast small, yellow, cup-shaped flowers in the spring and glossy orange, oval berries in the autumn that mature to scarlet red. The green foliage of Japanese Barberry is deciduous, falling after turning shades of orange and red in the autumn.

* Please note, 1 bare root = 1 Berberis thunbergii plant, not a bundle of plants. We use a mixture of bare root photos taken in leaf from our growing sites in summer, as well as during the bare root planting season when Berberis thunbergii may be defoliated.

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Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) description

Often known as Japanese Barberry, Berberis thunbergii is a popular shrub that offers shelter for wildlife whilst creating a dense, prickly hedge. Being a compact Berberis, thunbergii makes a good alternative to Box (Buxus sempervirens), especially where Box blight has been present.

Common uses for thunbergii Berberis hedges

Ideal for use as an intruder deterrent Berberis thunbergii can be kept small and so it is ideal for planting below windows to deter unwanted visitors. Berberis thunbergii is slow growing, small and suited to all but the wettest sites. Full shade, coastal and exposed sites are no problem for Japanese Berberis. Keep it tight and tidy or allow this Berberis to bush out a little for a more natural look.

Combine thunbergii Berberis with

Grow Berberis thunbergii alone for a more uniform look or try combing randomly with Purple Berberis (Berberis thun. atropurpurea) for a splash of extra colour. If you’'re creating a magnificent mix of shrubs for hedging, then consider our Tapestry hedging as part of our Mixed Hedging pack range.

Growth rate of Japanese Barberry hedging

This slow growing plant will achieve 10-15cm a year. Japanese Barberry is great for heights up to 1m.

Care advice for Berberis thunbergii

Trim Berberis thunbergii after flowering to keep it in the best condition. Please view the Best for Hedging Care and Planting instructions in our Advice section.

Recommended planting density for Berberis thunbergii hedges

For information on planting density relating to Berberis thunbergii, please see the product table above. In the 'No. Per Metre' column, you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type.

Most of our Berberis thunbergii hedge plants are grown by UK experts with expansive growing experience. Now and then we source Japanese Barberry from very carefully selected, specialist growers outside of Britain, where we are positive that the quality of the hedging plants can'’t be beaten. At best4hedging we always strive to ensure that your Berberis thunbergii shrubs arrive in the freshest state and that they are top quality, whilst maintaining our superb prices, so you can buy Berberis hedging plants with absolute confidence from us online.

Showing our 18 Berberis thunbergii hedge plants reviews with an average rating of Very Good.
Review Summary - 4 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
December 9, 2020 | Anonymous
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

As Above

September 22, 2020 | mrs g r dean
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Lovely autumnal colours just as expected. Is thriving in the corner of my garden. Looking forward to next year to see how it grows.

February 27, 2020 | Robert Hudson
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

As Above

March 31, 2019 | Anonymous
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants


March 3, 2019 | Colin newman
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

The bare root berberis plants were excellent quality.

March 28, 2017 | Anonymous
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

Good contact, plants OK, accurate tracking info.

March 28, 2017 | Anonymous
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

Two different plant sizes, but acceptable overall

March 1, 2017 | Anonymous
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December 18, 2016 | Anonymous
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

As Above

January 22, 2016 | Anonymous
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

Great plants

March 18, 2015 | Anonymous
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As Above

March 12, 2015 | Anonymous
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March 5, 2015 | Anonymous
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

Delivery was quick and hedging was well packed, although the delivery man pricked his hand when using the spaces provided for handling the package. The plants were a reasonable size and had a good root system and, now that they have been pruned, the wood appears green, so looking forward to a successful project.

February 22, 2015 | Anonymous
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

As Above

January 25, 2015 | Anonymous
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July 24, 2014 | Anonymous
Berberis thunbergii hedge plants

Happy with Berberis, although again I thought it would have been a larger/more established plant.

March 28, 2014 | Anonymous
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March 17, 2014 | Anonymous
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  • Orders £85 & over (ex. VAT) to mainland UK are delivered FREE* (Exceptions apply - see below for Scottish Highlands etc)
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  • At an additional cost, we can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, which we classify as including AB (Aberdeen) and DD (Dundee) postcodes, as well as Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man. The exact delivery cost is order specific and will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on 01257 261 243

*For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £200 (ex VAT) for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £200 (ex VAT) please call or email us to agree upon a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page

Pallet deliveries are always undertaken on an 18-tonne vehicle (similar in size to a standard refuse vehicle). If for any reason you require a smaller vehicle please contact our sales team who can arrange this for you. There will be an additional surcharge applied for small vehicle deliveries

Delivery Timescales

99% of our orders are dispatched within 3 to 7 working days of receipt and most the day after the order is placed. We can do “next day delivery” on many of our products for an additional £12 (incl VAT) but please call on 01257 494 491 before placing your order to check.

We can also deliver on a specified date to suit you. Please indicate the date you would like to receive delivery in the notes section of the checkout (or place your order by phone) and we’ll do our utmost to meet that date.

Occasional hiccups can occur (such as broken down vehicles) and although we are very experienced in logistics we cannot be held liable for costs incurred or inconvenience due to late deliveries - see terms and conditions for more information.

You will receive an email or telephone call confirming the dispatch of your order 24/48 hours before it arrives with you.

Exceptions to our quick turnaround timescale

Pre-orders - if you have placed an order that includes products on pre-order, then they will be dispatched to you as soon as they are available. If your order includes pre-order bare roots or root balls you will be notified once they are being dispatched (root balls from mid to late October and bare roots from early to mid-November).

Root balls - lifting root balls involves the use of complex, heavy machinery, this lifting is carried out twice a week in the root ball season so we do still have a prompt turnaround timescale but if your order has just missed one lifting, it will be a few days before we lift again. We are always happy to confirm when we can deliver to you before you order. The benefit of this method of supplying root balls is that they are always fresh and therefore have a higher success rate than root balls that are stored out of the soil.

Weather conditions can affect dispatch - bare root and root ball plants are not lifted if the ground is too cold (it damages the roots) and the delivery of all plants can be affected if the water supply is frozen (because we water all plants before packing). Extremely hot weather can also be challenging and occasionally we hold backorders for species that are particularly vulnerable. We ask our customers to be mindful of bank holidays when couriers are not active.

We'd like to stress that although there are exceptions, the vast majority of our orders are dispatched extremely quickly and we are proud of our logistics developed over many years of delivering plants to tens of thousands of customers.


We inspect plants carefully before dispatch but accept that very occasionally things may go wrong. 
You can return your plants (within 14 days) for a refund or replacement (we’ll help with the process of returning). If your plants arrived damaged then returns are free of charge. However, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. If you’d like to return your plants because of a change of plan or if we do not agree that the plants are significantly damaged (the loss of a few leaves in transit or a loose pot on arrival, for example, wouldn't be harmful to the plants), then we may ask you to pay the full or partial return costs if you still wanted to return them. We’re very reasonable and always aim for complete satisfaction as demonstrated by our amazing Feefo customer reviews which can be viewed here.

Should you wish to return any products that you have over-bought, no longer require or purchased in error you will incur both a return cost (different charges for pallets and Boxes) and the original cost of delivery incurred by Best4hedging. Please contact the Service team for charges and/or to organise a return. Plants will be subject to a quality control check from our Nursery upon return before any refund is authorised and processed.

Please note that in the case of damaged plants, if you have not notified us of a problem within 14 days of delivery, we consider you to have accepted the plants and Best4Hedging has no further liability for them should they fail.

You can read more about our returns policy in our terms and conditions here.

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