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.
Often known as Japanese Barberry, Berberis thunbergii is a popular shrub that offers a 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.
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.
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.
This slow growing plant will achieve 10-15cm a year. Japanese Barberry is great for heights up to 1m.
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.
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.