Darwin's Barberry - Berberis darwinii


Berberis darwinii is a dense, medium-sized evergreen shrub, with dark glossy green, broadly oblong, sparsely-spined leaves, and drooping racemes of rich orange flowers, tinged red in bud, followed by blue-black berries.

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Often planted as hedging or as a barrier.

When to see it

Flowering April and May.

Life History

Evergreen shrub.

UK Status

Widespread across Britain as a planted shrub.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Darwin's Barberry
Species group:
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
23/08/2014 (Helen Ikin;Steve Woodward)
Last record:
29/04/2019 (Parry, Russell)

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