Helmond Pillar Barberry
Helmond Pillar Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar'Item #1210 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
This upright, deep purplish red columnar shrub makes quite a statement in the landscape. The unique form is ideal as an architectural feature or for framing a doorway. The excellent, richly colored foliage pairs beautifully with shrubs and perennials with light green or golden foliage. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eyePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:NarrowGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:BurgundyBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Design IdeasLet this pillar become the central column of a mixed border composition. Particularly good in pairs flanking a fountain, work of art or gateway. Bright foliage foundation plant for narrow spans of wall between windows or at doorways. Smaller stature is perfect for small city gardens needing big garden looks in limited space.Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Cypress (Chamaecyparis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soil; avoid poorly drained, wet sites. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. No pruning necessary except to maintain desired shape.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The first Asian barberry known to the west was discovered in Japan by C.P. Thunberg in 1784, hence the species name. It did not arrive in Europe until a century later however. The purple forms did not appear until the 20th century, developed by a French nurseryman, M. Renault around 1920. Since overcoming issues of fungal diseases barberries are surging in interest although they are considered dangerously invasive in some states.Lore:Barberries are named for their wickedly sharp barbs or thorns and for the berries that follow their flowers.