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Helmond Pillar Barberry



Helmond Pillar barberry is a deciduous shrub that grows upright, like a column. This plant has reddish-purple foliage with tiny yellow flowers in the spring and red berries in the fall.

The growth rate is slow to moderate, and it can reach heights around 6 feet. If it has the space, it will get 1 to 2 feet wide. They also have very sharp thorns. This plant is pretty easy to grow as a specimen plant or as a hedge.


Landscaping Ideas

With its dramatic upright growth, Helmond Pillar barberry adds vertical interest to any landscape. It can be the central focus in a mixed border, or it can be used in pairs to flank a point of interest such as a water feature or garden statuary. It works well as a foundation plant in narrow areas.

It also works well in smaller gardens, as it will create the illusion you are in a large garden.

Plant these shrubs with golden plants such as Sunny Delight Boxwood Euonymus or yellow daylilies. Golden sweet flag or cranesbill also pair well with this shrub.

This bush can also be sheared into a hedge or barrier planting due to its sharp thorns. With its yellow flowers in the spring that contrast with the purple foliage, it provides a beautiful contrast all on its own. Flowers are followed by bright red berries that persist into the winter, long after the leaves have fallen. The berries are not edible.

The plant does provide winter interest in the garden. You can also add this plant to fill in small gaps in your landscape.

Barberry Care

Although drought tolerant, Helmond Pillar barberry likes regular watering. There are no serious threats to this plant from insects or disease. Pruning is not necessary, although due to the thorns it is recommended that gardeners use protective clothing to save themselves when they are working around this plant.

Plant Helmond Pillar barberry in full sun for the most spectacular results. It will grow in light shade, but the foliage color will be compromised with green. This plant is relatively allergy free.

Fertilize with a general fertilizer at half strength in the spring, at mid-summer and in mid-autumn. Do not get fertilizer on the foliage, trunks or stems.


Barberry Information

  • Scientific Name: Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar'

  • Best Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Slow to Medium

  • Foilage: Purple, Red

  • Fall Color: Purple, Red

  • Bloom: Tiny yellow flowers in spring

  • Mature Size and Shape: 6 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide. Growth is columnar.

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 – 8

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 12 inches apart for hedge spacing.



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