This evergreen barberry from Chile is smothered in clusters of red burnished tangerine buds that open to vibrant orange flowers in March. The leaves are a dark shiny green that glisten in bright light. This tough shrub is easy to grow and drought tolerant once established. It is not as prickly as most barberries.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: orange, purple, white
Great Color Partners: chartreuse, green, bronze
Culture NotesThis evergreen barberry will maintain its most compact form and flower best in full sun to light shade. It will tolerate open or dappled shade but will have fewer flowers and a more open habit. It prefers a well-drained soil and will tolerate sandy and clay sites. Once established it is drought tolerant. Very little pruning is needed. Only remove dead or broken branches or limbs that are poorly formed.
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Plant Type: upright shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9
Flower Color: orange
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established