Berberis darwinii jilts us awake in mid to late spring with a profusion of ferociously vibrant, mildly scented orange flowers which are small (around 5cm).
The flower buds are just as colourful as the flowers themselves and hang together in clusters that smother the shrub. The leaves are evergreen which are small and glossy and bear three to five spiney tips.
The Vitamin C rich berries turn waxy blue/black in Autumn.
Berberis darwinii is named after Charles Darwin who first noted it in South America whilst on The Beagle in 1835. It was introduced to the UK in 1849 by William Lobb who collected it in Chiloe.
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