• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Bold Color for Small Spaces
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eye
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Burgundy
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    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 PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Cypress (Chamaecyparis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soil; avoid poorly drained, wet sites. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. No pruning necessary except to maintain desired shape.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.