Berberis Frikartii Amstelveen Barberry is an evergreen flowering shrub, prized for its highly decorative features and exceptional hardiness. Its small size and lush foliage make this cultivar a popular candidate for mixed shrub borders, planting en masse, or low, bushy hedges.
A cross between Chinese Barberry (Berberis candidula) and Warted Barberry (Berberis Verruculosa), this striking Berberis hybrid offers year-round interest. Although the glossy, lance-shaped leaves stay on the arching stems throughout the seasons, their deep green colour can turn to red in the winter chill, creating a stunning display of multi-coloured foliage. In the spring, the leaves are contrasted by masses of yellow flowers, followed by blue-black berries in the fall.
Versatile and adaptable, Amstelveen Barberry will thrive in any soil. It tolerates both full sun and partial shade, but a sunnier spot in the garden will encourage prolific flowering and good foliage colour. This evergreen shrub is rarely affected by any serious diseases or pests. Fully hardy in the United Kingdom, Berberis Frikartii Amstelveen can survive temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero without suffering any damage. This cultivar is also the recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society, a sure sign of its fine performance in the garden.
Staying compact even when fully established, this long-lived evergreen shrub grows to be circa 1 meter high and up to 1.5 metres wide. This makes Berberis Frikartii Amstelveen a good choice for smaller gardens where it can serve as a low hedge or a shrub border without taking up too much space. To keep this mound-shaped shrub in perfect form, lightly prune it immediately after the flowering season. Remove all damaged or unsightly shoots and spent blossoms to encourage healthy growth.
Attractive and easy to care for, Amstelveen Barberry offers colour and texture throughout the year. With its glossy foliage and compact shape, this evergreen shrub lends itself to various uses, from providing a backdrop to late-flowering shrubs in mixed borders to framing flower beds and specimen trees. As Amstelveen Barberry can be successfully grown in containers, this cultivar can be used to liven up patios or balconies as well.