Berberis buxifolia ‘Nana’

dwarf Magellan barberry

dwarf boxleaf barberry

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Outstanding Qualities

This dense and compact evergreen shrub has a demure and tidy habit. This dwarf barberry is naturally rounded in form with leathery dark-green leaves and gray undersides. Butter-yellow blooms appear in mid-to-late spring followed by purple berries in the fall. ‘Nana’ is a tough drought tolerant plant and is useful as a low growing hedge.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: purple-blue berries in autumn

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Bagatelle’, Grevillea victoriae, Hebe topiaria, Cotoneaster procumbens ‘Queen of Carpets’, Mahonia repens, Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’

Great Color Contrasts: red, yellow

Great Color Partners: blue, green, bronze

Culture Notes
This barberry will maintain its most compact form in full sun to light shade. It prefers a well-drained soil and will tolerate sandy and clay sites. Once established it is drought tolerant, but appreciates an occasional watering during dry weather. Very little pruning is needed to maintain its form. Overly congested or over grown healthy plants can be pruned to 6 inches tall and allowed to grow back.