Helmond Pillar Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar'

Item 1210


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USDA Zone:
  • Light Needs
    Full sun
  • Watering Needs
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

This upright, deep purplish red columnar shrub makes quite a statement in the landscape. The unique form is ideal as an architectural feature or for framing a doorway. The excellent, richly colored foliage pairs beautifully with shrubs and perennials with light green or golden foliage. Deciduous.

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Average Size at Maturity
Slowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
Botanical Name: Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar'
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Habit: Narrow
Growth Rate: Slow
Special Feature: Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fruit Poisonous, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils
Foliage Color: Burgundy
Bloom Time: Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Flower Color: No
Garden Style: Asian/Zen ,   Contemporary ,   Cottage ,   Rustic
Design Ideas: Let this pillar become the central column of a mixed border composition. Particularly good in pairs flanking a fountain, work of art or gateway. Bright foliage foundation plant for narrow spans of wall between windows or at doorways. Smaller stature is perfect for small city gardens needing big garden looks in limited space.

Thrives in average, well-drained soil; avoid poorly drained, wet sites. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. No pruning necessary except to maintain desired shape.


Barberries are named for their wickedly sharp barbs or thorns and for the berries that follow their flowers.

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