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
Slow growing to 3-4 ft. tall, 1-2 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Year-round Interest
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Botanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eye
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth habit:Narrow
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow growing to 3-4 ft. tall, 1-2 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Burgundy
Blooms:Inconspicuous
Garden styleCottage
Design IdeasLet this pillar become the central column of a mixed border composition. Particularly good in pairs flanking a fountain, work of art or gateway. Bright foliage foundation plant for narrow spans of wall between windows or at doorways. Smaller stature is perfect for small city gardens needing big garden looks in limited space.
Companion PlantsCombine these little purple pillars with small golden shrubs such as Golden Nugget™ Japanese Barberry, (Berberis thunbergii 'Monlers') or Sunny Delight® Boxwood Euonymus, (Euonymus japonicus micro. 'Moncliff'). Try it with perennial Happy Returns Daylily, (Hemerocallis x 'Happy Returns'), Golden Variegated Sweet Flag, (Acorus granimeus 'Ogon') and Striped Bloody Cranesbill, (Geranium sanguineum 'Striatum').
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.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
The first Asian barberry known to the west was discovered in Japan by C.P. Thunberg in 1784, hence the species name. It did not arrive in Europe until a century later however. The purple forms did not appear until the 20th century, developed by a French nurseryman, M. Renault around 1920. Since overcoming issues of fungal diseases barberries are surging in interest although they are considered dangerously invasive in some states.
Lore:
Barberries are named for their wickedly sharp barbs or thorns and for the berries that follow their flowers.