Growth Facts

Helmond Pillar Barberry

Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Helmond Pillar'
This deep red exclamation point makes a powerful statement in the garden.

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Small, columnar Accents are hard to come by. Helmond Pillar Barberry has that narrow, petite framework that’s rare among plants, plus it has a bonus—scintillating purple-red foliage. Quite a unique combination of assets! Put those assets to work in your landscape. Helmond Pillar comes in handy wherever you need a bit of height, but have very little horizontal space, such as in a sunny alcove or between windows along your foundation. You could also employ a row of Helmond Pillar Barberries between two areas of your garden to serve as a sleek, narrow hedge. So handsome!

Growth Facts

The Story

Japanese Barberry is known for its thorny branches, which make it useful for planting where you want to keep out intruders. Deer and rabbits likewise tend to leave this prickly plant alone, preferring to munch on less challenging menu items. What is really exciting about Japanese Barberry, though, is the bountiful variety of sizes, shapes, and colors it now comes in. It has come a long way from the plain green type normally found in the wild! Helmond Pillar is a European selection of Japanese Barberry. It has been around for a while, but it began to get really popular in the early 2000s.

The Details

The deep burgundy color of Helmond Pillar Barberry may fade somewhat in the heat of summer, but fall brings a burst of brightness. When the weather turns chilly, its leaves take on dazzling, fiery red tones.

How to Grow

Grow Helmond Pillar Barberry in full sun to bring out its richest colors. Shade will make the leaves turn green. Choose a site where the soil drains freely, as this plant will not tolerate “wet feet.” It needs regular water during the establishment period, but will be quite drought tolerant after that. Prune as needed to keep stray branches from spoiling the tidy appearance of this formal element. Japanese Barberries have become invasive in some states. Check with your nearest extension office if you have questions about the status of Barberries in your area.

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