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Royal Burgundy® Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Gentry'

SKU
01221
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. This variety produces little to no viable seed, making it a great alternative over other barberries. Deciduous.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationBUR-bur-is thun-BER-jee-eye
Average Size at MaturityDense mounding form reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorBurgundy
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fruit Poisonous, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsFalse Cypress (Chamaecyparis); Weigela (Weigela); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Boxwood (Buxus)

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; reduce frequency once established. 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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