Question about Barberry

Dream_of_Columbines(z5 NH)October 1, 2005

I have a Barberry bush. I believe it is just a Common Barberry but I'm not sure since it was here when we bought the house. Does anyone know if there is something I can do to it to make it produce more berries. I only seem to get about three berries on it! I believe it is self pollinating so it seems like it must be lacking something.

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glen3a(Winnipeg MB 3A)

Hi "Dream", I sort of answered your question under the Maples in MB posting, but I thought I would reply here as well.

I am sorry but I am not sure. I know that though some plants are supposedly "self-pollinating" they do benefit from having another plant to cross pollinate with. But, that can't be another tree of the exact same variety.
I think my sour cherry tree is like this. It's supposedly self fertile but produces loads of blooms and very few cherries each year. I feel if I had another cherry tree to cross-pollinate with it, it might produce loads of cherries.

As for barberry, I am not sure. I have the cherry bomb variety. It looked neat in spring with it's greenish/yellow blooms contrasting with the purple foliage, but didn't produce any berries at all. But, since my barberry is a hybrid cultivar, it could be that they don't produce berries as reliably.

Glen

    Bookmark   October 3, 2005 at 4:06PM
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Dream_of_Columbines(z5 NH)

Hi Glen,

I do have another Barberry that I bought a few years ago. It seems to be exactly the same and has never produced any berries. So are you suggesting I buy a different type of Barberry? Thanks.

Bonnie

    Bookmark   October 3, 2005 at 9:15PM
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