Royal Burgundy® Barberry
Royal Burgundy® Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Gentry' P.P.# 9461Item #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. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eyePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Dense mounding form 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Special features:Deer Resistant, Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Fall Color, Ornamental BerriesFoliage color:BurgundyBlooms:InconspicuousFlower color:YellowPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design 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 PlantsGroup this barberry with bright yellow and gold contrasting shrubs of Juniper, Barberry and Forsythia. Pink blooming Roses, Sun Rose and Peony complement the summer and fall foliage.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - 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.