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Cherry Bomb® Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Monomb' CPBR #3488

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.
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Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.


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Botanical PronunciationBUR-bur-is thun-BER-jee-eye
LoreIn 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.
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasAn 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorRed
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fruit Poisonous, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); False Cypress (Chamaecyparis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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