Berberis thunbergii

Japanese Barberry hedging

From £6.99

Japanese Barberry, also known as Compact Barberry, is a slow growing variety of the Berberis family. They are ideal for low, formal hedges, similar to how Box hedging is displayed and this variety makes a great alternative to Box (Buxus sempervirens) especially if your garden has suffered from Box Blight. Berberis thunbergii is still as thorny as other varieties but with it's slower growth rate, these thorns benefit wildlife more than being an intruder proof hedge. The red jewel-like berries hang from its branches in the autumn, a real treat for birds.

Berberis thunbergiis leaves are green but with being deciduous, these will fall off in the winter but not until they have treated your garden to colours of orange and yellow. They are tough, easy to grow hedging plants which do well in virtually any soil and situation including coastal, though they do like sun or partial shade. 

More Information

  • Berry Colour Red
  • Deciduous Yes
  • Semi Evergreen No
  • Evergreen No
  • Flower Colour Yellow
  • Grows Up To 4m
  • Has Berries Yes
  • Is Edible No
  • Native No
  • Intruder Proof Yes
  • Privacy Hedge No
Berberis thunbergii hedge trimming should be done immediately after flowering.

1. Select Root Type

Bare Root 

Bare roots are young plants that are only planted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). We lift bare root plants and despatch them during the planting season but they can be pre-ordered in summer to guarantee your stock. As they are cheaper to grow, they are one of our most affordable hedge planting options and the cheapest way to plant a hedge.

Root Ball 

Root ball plants are also seasonal stock as they can only be lifted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). These plants are scooped out of the ground like an ice-cream using machinery to keep their root system intact and wrapped in bio-degradable, hessian sacks.  They are mature plants that provide dense coverage very early on, ideal for when you need a thick hedge quickly. Root ball hedging plants give an instant effect and are a cheaper alternative to instant trough grown hedging. 

Pot Grown 

Pot grown plants can be planted year round and they are our mose convenient option of hedging plants. They come in a wide range of sizes, from 10cm to 2.5m so they're suitable for the majority of planting requirements. From small 2L shrubs to large 15L extra tall hedging, there will be a pot grown plant for any garden type. 

Instant Hedging 

Our Instant Hedging is grown in troughs or bags that measure 50cm-1 metre in length and carefully clipped during the growing season to create a dramatic, instant hedge effect. If you are looking for a quick fix or an instant impact, Instant Trough Grown hedging is the solution for you. 

2. Select Size & Quantity:

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  • Green Berberis 20/30cm 2L pot
    (Berberis thunbergii) Green Berberis 40/60cm 2L pot
    2L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £6.99
    Planting Density:
    3 to 5 per metre
  • Green Berberis 30/50cm 2L pot
    (Berberis thunbergii) Green Berberis 40/60cm 2L pot
    2L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £7.99
    Planting Density:
    3 to 5 per metre
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More Information
Berry ColourRed
Semi EvergreenNo
Flower ColourYellow
Grows Up To4m
Has BerriesYes
Is EdibleNo
Intruder ProofYes
Privacy HedgeNo

Delivery Information

  • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
  • Our delivery lead time is currently within 3-5 days. *Some troughs and trees may take up to 14 days at present.
  • Orders under £100 to mainland UK £7.99 (box delivery).
  • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £300 or a £30 pallet charge if the order is under £300.
  • Bespoke deliveries that require a dedicated vehicle is a charge of £300 or free on orders over £1000.
  • We can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man, but the delivery cost will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on

For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £300 for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £300 please call or email us to agree a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page.

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Customer Questions
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Berberis Thunbergii, also known as Japanese or Compact Barberry, has vivid green foliage that will turn shades of orange and red in the autumn. This is a deciduous variety of Berberis so it will provide seasonal colour to your garden whilst also providing a source of food and shelter for wildlife.