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Helmond Pillar Japanese Barberry

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*Availability Status: Available for early order - Shipment after 3/20/2023
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 12" - 16" tall / Quart size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $6.95

Product Code: BARHEL1

Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Helmond Pillar'

Overall Description

Helmond Pillar is a columnar growing barberry variety with dark red / burgundy colored foliage. Fall color is a mix of reds & oranges before going completely dormant in winter. Bright red seed capsules can be spotted on numerous plants with a more mature age ( 3 - 5 yrs old ). This version of Japanese Barberry will also produce small yellow colored flowers in mid April to early May each spring. Flowers are not for show, but do add a nice interest to this plant if observed from a close distance.

This plant has the classic barberry type thorns / barbs located on all branches, which makes it a formidable choice for areas that you might want protected, or to keep certain traffic away from. Makes a great colorful choice for areas where width restrictions exist, as this variety grows in a tall, slender habit with mature widths topping out at 2 ft or less. Works very well when used as accent plantings, up against walls / buildings as foundation plantings, in groups, or even spaced out among shorter shrubs of contrasting color.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height :4 - 5 feet

--Mature Width :1 - 2 feet

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 4" - 6" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
4 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade - best burgundy color in full sun.

--Soil Preference :
Average, slightly moist - well drained. Mulching recommended twice per year. Does not do well in heavy wet soils with poor drainage.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Small rounded leaves with good dark burgundy color in sunny locations. Inner portions of the plant will have a green foliage, with the outer, more sun exposed areas being burgundy colored. Fall color is shades of reds & oranges. Branches are generously covered in very sharp, spiny barbs.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Small yellow flowers can be observed in little clusters beginning in mid April, and lasting well through the end of May. Exact flowering time will vary, depending on your area of the country - the warmer your climate, the earlier you will see them. Small 1/4" long bright red, oval shaped seed pods can be easily seen on Helmond Pillar Barberry in late fall, after the leaves have dropped. Each bright red seed pod has one seed in it, and will remain on the shrub throughout the winter....giving it a very nice winter appearance as well.

--Diseases / Insects :
Usually barberries have little or no trouble at all under normal landscape conditions, but some of the possible noted pests / diseases that could be encountered are: Bacterial leaf spot, anthracnose, root rots, rusts (Japanese Barberry is not susceptible), wilt, barberry aphid, barberry webworm, and possibly scale.

--Recommended Spacing :
Greatly depends on the intended use, but if planted in row, try to sape approx 3 - 4 feet apart to allow for a slight break between plants. Tighten spacing if no break between plants is desired.

--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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