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Barberry (Berberis) Bonsai Tree

Berberis the barberries or Pepperidge bushes, is a genus of about 450-500 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs native to the temperate and subtropical regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America. They are closely related to the genus Mahonia, which is included within Berberis by some botanists.

Barberry Bonsai are not very common although some varieties make excellent Bonsai material. Informal single or multiple trunk styles are preferred.

Position Barberry Bonsai in full sun or partial shade. Protect the bonsai from extreme cold temperatures.

Repot young trees yearly, in early spring before the growing season. Use a general, good drainage Bonsai compost mix. Keep your Barberry Bonsai well watered.

Heavy pruning should be done in early spring and late autumn. Prune after flowering to avoid fruiting.

Feed every two weeks with a general plant fertilizer up to the Bonsai flowers. Do not feed during flowering. 

 

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