This type of plant is an evergreen climbing shrub native to Chile; in optimal conditions it can reach 5-6 meters in height. The stems are thin and flexible, dark green, very branched; they carry large dark leaves, shiny, rounded, with a serrated or slightly thorny margin; throughout the summer it produces pendulous bunches made up of small flowers of intense red color, shaped like a lantern; in late summer they are followed by small pink berries, containing seeds. These plants need support and are ideal for covering a wall or a pergola. To maintain a more compact and dense appearance it is advisable to shorten the branches slightly at the end of winter.
Speaking of berberidopsis corallina and exposure, remember to place them in a semi-shady and sheltered position; in general these specimens can withstand temperatures close to -5 ° C, but must be kept in a place sheltered from wind and excessive cold; in places with very cold winters they need tnt coverage in order to survive the best otherwise they can dry out during the cold season because of too low temperatures.
Water the berberidopsis corallina regularly, but in moderation, waiting for the soil to dry well between one watering and another; if spring has a lot of rain these plants can be satisfied with the rains.
During the winter months water only in case of long periods of drought, during days with warm climate. The berberidopsis corallina suffers the stagnant and damp soils and care must be taken not to overdo the amount of water in the soil to avoid the formation of dangerous water stagnations that would compromise the health of the plant.
As already anticipated, the shrubs of this variety need a very rich and deep soil, well drained and free from water stagnation; the soil must also be slightly acidic, completely free of limestone to make this plant grow in the best way.
The multiplication of these plants occurs by seed, at the end of winter, preserving the seedlings in a warm, moist and shady place to allow the new shoots to develop at their best, without danger that they could be ruined by sudden temperature changes. In summer it is possible to practice cuttings taken from the stems of adult specimens, which will have to be rooted in a rich and well-drained soil.
Berberidopsis corallina: Parasites and diseases
As for the diseases of these species, in the case of poorly acid soil they can be affected by ferric chlorosis; sometimes the leaves are affected by oidium or cochineal, common diseases of many ornamental plants. It is good, for this reason, before the vegetative restart, to intervene with broad-spectrum phytosanitary products, which guarantee the right protection to the plants. To counter the symptoms of ferric chlorosis, commercially available supplements are available to supply the plant, to eliminate the problem.
If the plant is cultivated incorrectly it perishes and there is a greater chance that even trivial diseases will seriously damage our berberidopsis corallina plants.