Helmond Pillar Barberry

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Tall and slender maroon towers, this Barberry is quite different from its other siblings! Forming a columnar punctuation mark in the landscape, the Helmond Pillar Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar') matures into a vertical, narrow-growing piece of living statuary!

The rich purple-red foliage is dotted with tiny, bright yellow flowers in spring which morph into cute red berries in the fall. Much to the delight of your bees and other pollinators, and later your hungry songbirds!

This columnar Japanese Barberry exhibits a dense vertical growth and then shows off in the fall with more dramatic autumn tones! But don't worry, even though the leaves have dropped, these deciduous shrubs maintain a pretty stem color and those imposing thorns that make deer and trespassers think twice.

Like most Barberries, Helmond is virtually carefree: no real problems with diseases or pest issues. Deer leave them alone and pruning is strictly optional, making them an easy purchase decision! Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 4 to 8, Barberry are incredibly easy to grow and low-maintenance garden gems!

Planting and Application:

A supreme space-saving hedge shrub, you'll gain 4-5 foot tall screening while only using 1-2 feet of ground! Create a privacy hedge along your property line to shield your backyard from a messy or nosy neighbor, block foot traffic that won't keep off the grass, or hide that chainlink fence!

The unique form is ideal as an architectural feature or for framing a garden bench, entrance to your backyard, or a garden path, or standing as sentries on either side of your front entry! Both in the ground, as thrillers in mixed containers, or a singular planting in pretty urns, Helmond will easily draw the eye and boost your curb appeal!

The strong structural lines of Helmond Pillar Barberry lend it to a myriad of placements! Try a few as accents in a mixed perennial border, as a truly unique focal point plant, or as a formal hedge, divider, or backdrop to your other garden beds.

Helmond Pillar easily stands up to pollution, so feel free to create a barrier planting along your front yard to divide it from the street! As barrier plantings, Barberry is ideal to keep out trespassers or block anyone from trying to gain entrance to that first-story window without blocking your view. Create a barrier hedge by spacing Helmond one to one and a half feet apart on center for a solid to near solid fill.

Of course, Helmond Columnar Barberry is an ideal exclamation point for a specimen planting to add a pop of color and height among other plants! The excellent, richly colored foliage pairs beautifully with shrubs and perennials with light green or golden foliage! They of course look great with other Barberry bushes and their wide range of red, orange, chartreuse, and gold foliage and wide variety of shapes and sizes!

  • Purplish-Red Foliage
  • Vertical, Space-Saving Columnar Form
  • Bright Yellow Blossoms In Spring For Pollinators
  • Dramatic Fall Color & Red Berries
  • Skinny Hedges, Backdrops, Barrier Plantings, Container Specimens & Focal Points

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This Barberry will have the best coloration in full sun. Highly adaptable to any type of well-drained soil. Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster in a slightly acidic location and ensure a consistent watering schedule for new plants. Try using the Finger Test to make sure you don't let new installations dry out. Once established Barberry is quite drought-tolerant! Provide a nice 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch to protect the top of the roots. You can let it grow freely or prune or shear after flowering.

Unfortunately, the birds adore the berries and do spread the seeds around. In some locations of the country, Barberry does a bit "too well". Find out if you can safely grow these delightfully colorful shrubs in your community. Type in your zip code in our Hardiness Zone Finder, located above the Plant Highlights to find out, or contact your local County Extension Office.

  • Great Color In Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture & Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Low-Maintenance - Prune After Flowering If Needed
  • Pest, Deer & Disease Resistant

Upright pops of color, get all the privacy without losing ground with the Helmond Pillar Barberry from NatureHills.com! Order without worry when you buy from NatureHills.com! We follow all federal and state regulations to the letter. In fact, we've invested in the Green Industry's premier regulation software, Plant Sentry™. That system blocks the shipment of all invasive pests and plant material from entering your state.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Helmond Pillar Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Bright Yellow
Foliage Red, Purple
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering