Corallina Berberidopsis

Garden climbing plants

Of the many types of garden plants, some of the most common are climbing plants; they have this denomination (scientific moreover) as their structures are formed to literally climb on any support they may encounter, be it a tree, a wall or a light pole. These plants do not have a central stem or in any case a stable body in the center, but have a shrub character with flexible branches that grow leaning on the aforementioned supports. There are various types of climbing plants, those strictly speaking that have suckers on the branches and also aerial roots (i.e. they are not buried but have evolved to take oxygen and other substances from the air), or others that in any case have a climbing character but which perhaps retain the roots to the ground.

Corallina Berberidopsis

One of the most common garden climbing plants in the world is undoubtedly the berberidopsis corallina: this plant owes the second part of its name to its fruits with an intense coral red color and a cluster conformation that recalls some marine elements. But above all this plant is used as a splendid decoration in the garden because it has small leaves, about oval and with serrated edges with a bright and very beautiful green color, which in summer is accompanied by red lantern-shaped flowers, which are only the introduction to the characteristic fruits full of seeds, with which at the beginning of the winter following flowering the soil can be sown to have other specimens. The plant is native to Chile, South America, but it is not really a tropical plant.

Climate and precautions

As already mentioned, the Berberidopsis corallina plant, although native to Chile, does not have a tropical behavior and the climate to which it easily gets used can have temperatures even below (slightly) zero. In fact, and this is one of the reasons for its diffusion, it tolerates both cold and rainy winters and periods of drought throughout the year, as often happens in our parts. In fact, the only attention that must be paid is that to water, whatever the season, the soil must be dry, so when it rains it’s fine not to water and let nature do it. Another thing is the quality of the soil: it must be draining, but above all it must be slightly acidic and not calcareous at all.

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