Royal Burgundy® Barberry
Royal Burgundy® Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Gentry'Item #1221 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
An improved selection from Crimson Pygmy with richer burgundy foliage color and small velvety leaves that hold their color through summer, changing to a reddish black in the fall. This variety produces little to no viable seed, making it a great alternative over other barberries. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Dense mounding form reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eyePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Dense mounding form reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:BurgundyBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Flower color:YellowDesign IdeasA versatile low profile barberry with a dozen uses. Use to flesh out foundation planting with vivid foliage. Add into existing mixed beds and borders. Blends nicely into natural and wild garden settings as habitat plant. Allow to cascade to water's edge at rock waterfalls and garden pools. Perfect for nestling into landscape boulders and softening rock outcroppings. Use in masses for groundcover effect or plant in groups to create drifts of color. In a linear application plants make excellent framework or edging to divide spaces and separate. Even works beautifully in containers in leaf and when bare of all but winter berries.Companion PlantsFalse Cypress (Chamaecyparis); Weigela (Weigela); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Boxwood (Buxus)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soil; avoid poorly drained, wet sites. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune annually in late winter to shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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. This cultivar was developed by Leo Gentry, Sr. at the Leo Gentry Nursery of Gresham, Oregon and introduced in 1989.