BERBERIS x ottawensis 'Silver Miles'
Plant Common Name
Hybrid Barberry, Silver Miles Barberry
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The Silver Miles hybrid barberry looks like a purple-leaved Japanese barberry on steroids. It shows intermediate characteristics of both of its parents: European barberry (Berberis vulgaris) and Japanese barberry (B. thunbergii)). Selection 'Silver Miles' has deep red-purple foliage with splotches or blushing hints of silver-gray. This barberry develops into a tall, rounded to spreading mounded deciduous shrub.
Rounded oval leaves, sometimes with tiny teeth on the edges, are found on the Ottawa barberry. on 'Silver Miles', the leaves are reddish burgundy, turning red each autumn. In spring, clusters of pale yellow flowers edged in red dangle from the spiny twigs. After bee pollination, the flowers produce small oval red fruits.
Grow 'Silver Miles' in full sun to bright dappled shade. It prospers in any moderately fertile soil that is moist but well drained. Use this deciduous shrub as a screen or barrier shrub to prevent trespassers on a property, or to help keep animals within a zoned area. This cultivar's purplish foliage provides excellent contrast for other green-leaved shrubs in a mixed border.
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall