Barberry Shrubs
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Barberry pruning too severe

Zone East Yorkshire | salisreadinghermail added on May 4, 2015 | Answered

We had our large barberry pruned in winter. The man who pruned it took a lot off, probably half of the bush, and now it looks as though it is dying. It has berries but some leaves are brown. Will it be ok?

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    shelley
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    Answered on May 7, 2015

    You had e-mailed me directly and asked if all barberries were edible. It appears as though they are as I found nothing in my research that indicated otherwise.

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    shelley
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    Answered on May 4, 2015

    I wouldn't worry too much - barberry is one of those shrubs that is said to be able to withstand a severe pruning and which will come back bushier and denser because of it. In the meantime the best thing you can do is give the barberry bush the care that it needs, which is outlined in the following article:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/barberry/barberry-shrub-care-tips.htm

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