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Grog

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Barberry
« on: June 28, 2011, 03:14 PM »
I finally had a couple barberry survive a winter in a pot here, here's one of them.  It's kind of awkward looking at the moment, I'm not sure if the first branch on the left will balance it out or if I'll need to let another shoot grow up on the left side.  First view is from May, other two from today.
 

MattB

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Re: Barberry
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011, 03:46 PM »
I actually don't think it looks that awkward.  You could let that little branch fill out a bit, or you could possibly tilt it a bit.  Have you played around with different angles?

I think I like the second view.
 

roelex14

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Re: Barberry
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2011, 10:50 PM »
Im surprised you've had issues over-wintering them... I have 2 here that have done quite well and I too am in zone 5 (northwest Illinois). Berberis are great with their bark, small leaves, and durability... they like to grow straight branches, so try to keep them in check to make branching look natural. good luck
 

Grog

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Re: Barberry
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2011, 02:47 AM »
I imagine there will be a better angle to pot it at, this was just what worked best with the roots at repotting time.

I've been pretty hands off on overwintering up until this year, if trees didn't live with no more protection than some screening of the north and west winds and a pile of snow on them I figured they were more hassle than they're worth.  Barberries just didn't seem to hack it.  This last winter I'm in a new house which has an old converted chicken coop in the yard that I overwintered most of my trees in and it seemed to do the trick quite nicely.

Well, nicely for the barberry, the dead Tridents I got from Frank Kroeker and the dead hedge maple I got from Brent last year tell me something isn't quite right still.   >:(