• 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 and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant Hedge Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eye
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Columnar
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Red
    Flower color:Yellow
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    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.
    Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); False 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. Prune annually in late winter to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Barberries are named for the wickedly sharp "barbs" or thorns that line their branches, and for the berries that follow the flowers. The first botanist to identify this Asian barberry in Japan was the Swede, Thunberg in 1784, for whom the species was named. The purple barberry did not leave Asia for Europe until a century later when it appeared in the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew. The first record of this, the most powerfully purple-red variety, Atropurpureais newer yet and not recorded until the 20th century by French nurseryman, M. Renault, around the time of World War I. Cherry Bomb is a registered cultivar developed by Monrovia.
    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.