• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate growing 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Hedge Plant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eye
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 28 - 41
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Red
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Flower color:Yellow
    Design IdeasA versatile low profile red-leafed barberry adaptable to many garden needs. An excellent mixed border plant to add foliage color. Also usefull as a green color alternative for a small hedge. Use in Japanese garden designs near water features, or in wild, natural areas of your garden.
    Companion PlantsGroup this barberry with bright yellow and gold contrasting shrubs of Juniper, Barberry and Forsythia. Pink blooming Roses, Sunrose and Peony complement the summer and fall foliage.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Native to Japan and eastern Asia, Barberries are named for their sharp barbs or thorns on the twigs. The species was named for the first botanist to name the Asian forms, C.P. Thunberg who was in the east in 1784, but the species did not reach the west until a century later. Even then the first purple variety was not recorded until the 20th century by M. Renault of France around the time of World War I. Purple foliage led to vastly increased breeding in England and America.

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