This Barberry is tall and slender, maturing into a vertical columnar shape. The rich purple foliage is dotted with tiny, bright yellow flowers in spring which turn into red berries in the fall. Like most Barberries Helmond's are virtually carefree: no real problems with diseases or bugs. Deer leave them alone and pruning is strictly optional, making them an easy purchase decision. Helmond likes full sun and well-drained soil, but will tolerate a little drought; it's even known to withstand big-city pollution. As with all Barberries, its stems are thorny-but-effective varmint deterrents when strategically planted.