• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Low, Colorful Hedge
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eye
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 28 - 41
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Red
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Design IdeasA versatile low profile red-leafed barberry adaptable to many garden needs. An excellent mixed border plant to add foliage color. Also useful as a green color alternative for a small hedge. Use in Japanese garden designs near water features, or in wild, natural areas of your garden.
    Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); 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 heat and moderate drought. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. No pruning necessary except to maintain desired shape.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.


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