Botanical Name: Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar'
Common Name: Helmond Pillar Barberry  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Purple, Red


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Fall, Persistent





Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Fire Resistant, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

'Helmond Pillar' is a variety of Japanese barberry, with a narrow, slightly vase-shaped habit growing about 3 to 4 feet tall but only about 12 to 18 inches wide. It has small, bell-shaped yellow spring flowers that are followed by red, torpedo-shaped berries enjoyed by birds. The leaves are burgundy, with a brighter red fall color. Its narrow habit makes it well suited as a hedge or for lining a fence (if you line a walkway, set it back abit or you'll skewer your visitors).
Grow in well drained soil and full sun; will tolerate part shade, though the leaves will lose some color intensity. Tolerates a wide range of soil types, including dry soils; does not tolerate wet soils. See guide for planting instructions. Barberry does not fair well when sheared, but selective pruning in late winter can maintain a nice form and convenient size. See guide for pruning tips.