Berberis Chocolate Summer Berberis Chocolate Summer
Berberis Chocolate Summer
Berberis Chocolate Summer

Berberis 'Chocolate Summer'

Amazingly rich, deep foliage colour.
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
RHS Perfect Pollinators
  • Incredible deep burgundy-brown foliage and striking bright red stems.
  • Yellow spring flowers loved by bees and butterflies, followed by orange berries in late summer.
  • Perfect for providing a colour contrast to beds, borders and containers and an ideal low hedge.
  • A neat, dense deciduous shrub for a sunny spot.
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for planting, reaching a height of 1.2m (4ft) and width of 60cm (2ft).
9cm Pot - Item: 511203
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Product Description

Berberis, also known as Barberry, is an attractive deciduous shrub with dense foliage and small, oval leaves.

Berberis ‘Chocolate Summer’ is an incredibly useful garden plant. Thriving in a sunny location, its deep burgundy-brown leaves are carried on vibrant red stems, a striking colour combination anywhere in your garden.

Recommended by the RHS as a 'Plant for Pollinators', during April and May, dainty bright yellow flowers emerge, attracting bees and butterflies. These are followed in late summer by small orange berries, with both the flowers and berries set off beautifully by the dark foliage.

‘Chocolate Summer’ is completely hardy and adaptable. It’s happy in beds and borders or in patio pots, where it’ll provide a spectacular colour contrast to the surrounding plants, and it’s a great choice for a low hedge too! Drought tolerant and easy to maintain, only requiring a light trim after flowering and again in autumn to maintain its shape, this beautiful Berberis will certainly earn its place in your garden.

Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for planting, reaching a height of 1.2m (4ft) and width of 60cm (2ft).

What Is Supplied

Item 511203 supplied as:
Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot.

Plant Information

Top Tips

  • Grow in sun or partial shade for the best leaf colour, as too much shade will turn the leaves green.

Care Guide

  • Winter hardy and low maintenance, berberis prefers well-drained soil in full sun or semi-shade - if planting in full sun, keep the plant well-watered.
  • To plant, firstly water your potted plant well.
  • Dig a hole a little deeper and 3 x wider than the nursery pot.
  • Add a soil conditioner such as well-rotted manure to the earth removed from the hole if necessary.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Place your plant in the hole at the same level at the pot then refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball and water well before adding a mulch around the base of the plant.
  • Keep plants well-watered, especially if grown in a pot, and feed with our specialist shrub feed.
  • Pruning is minimal, with a light trim after flowering, and any damaged or misplaced branches can be removed in autumn.
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Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
120cm
60cm
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Berberis 'Chocolate Summer'
Berberis 'Chocolate Summer'
9cm Pot
Item: 511203
Only £9.99