Berberis linearifolia 'ORANGE KING'

Berberis linearifolia
Berberis linearifolia 'ORANGE KING'
narrow-leaved barberry
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-2.5m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.5m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS combined:orange a red
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Narrow-leaved barberry is an evergreen shrub from South America. It is found in slightly colder, elevated parts of Chile and Argentina, especially around the volcanoes of the Ands. It is cultivated and new varieties are bred for abundant, colorful flowering, and evergreen leaves.

Orange King is one of my favourite ‘royal couple’ barberry variety, right next to Apricot Queen. It makes a plentiful of small but fantastic deep orange flowers opening from scarlet red buds. They hang on the branches like little bells and resemble miniature fires, only upside down with their glowing red tops and orange flames at bottoms. Blooming begins in April and continues for 6-8 weeks. Flowers may be followed by small, dark purple blue edible fruit which is popular mostly among kids who like its equally sweet and acidic flavour. They don’t even mind the prickly thorns alongside every branch. Rosemary-like leaves are evergreen, very narrow, 3-5 cm long, dark green, leathery, and glossy.

Narrow-leaved barberry makes an upright bush, slow growing when young, speeding up with age, making slightly arching shoots on taller plants. Pruning, if needed, is recommended in early summer immediately after flowering. Spring pruning considerably reduces flowering. Evergreen barberries will grow in almost any well-drained soil that will not dry out for longer than a month. No fertilizing is needed but is possible, and will result in a bushier shrub with larger leaves. It is hardy to about -23°C (USDA zone 6) if covered with snow for the worst part of winter so keep it mulched at all times.

Last update 21-01-2016
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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