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Cherry Bomb® Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Monomb' Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3488

Pronunciation: BUR-bur-is thun-BER-jee-eye
SKU #01201

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Description A wonderful low hedge, barrier planting, or single shrub accent, with compact branches and deep crimson color to the dense foliage. Enhanced with bright red berries in fall and winter that attract winter songbirds to the garden. Deciduous.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Spring
Mature Size Slowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Ornamental Berries, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Habit Rounded
Patent Act Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Landscape Use Barrier, Border, Hedge
Design Ideas An outstanding colored foliage to add interest to foundation planting and short enough to fit under most window sills. Spot into overly-green shrub borders as singles or groups for a larger mass of vibrant color. Use as an informal low hedge, edging or frame in a linear composition. Excellent background plant for perennial borders. Great small stature filler for sideyards and small city yards that need versatile plants with interest in every season. Berries make this plant a beautiful addition to bird and wildlife friendly habitat gardens.
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Red
Companion Plants Boxwood (Buxus); False Cypress (Chamaecyparis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela)
Care 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. Prune annually in late winter to shape.
Lore In English folklore it was considered bad luck to allow a barberry bush to grow close to the wheat crop. This turned out to be true through modern science when a particular type of fungus, or rust that infects barberries also infects wheat. Barberries acted as carriers and thus the farmers nearly wiped out all the native English barberries many centuries ago. Today barberries are quarantined or restricted due to risk of transporting the fungus.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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