Berberis thunbergii

Japanese Barberry

Excellent for barrier plantings, this huge group of popular thorny shrubs is attractive year-round. The especially hardy deciduous varieties have brilliant fall color. The evergreen species produce purple or blue-black berries that attract birds. Berberis thunbergii has bright red berries that last on branches into winter. Both types have plentiful yellow spring flowers and yellow inner bark and wood. Easy to grow and transplant, they tolerate many soils and climates. However, they do not like waterlogged soil. Rust on Bayberries is passed to wheat crops, so choose rust-resistant varieties such as Berberis thunbergii. Remove dead stems, and prune to shape after flowering. Cut back so inner branches do not die.
Berberis thunbergii, Japanese Barberry
Narrowly oblong, bright green leaves on this compact, arching, dense shrub turn brilliant orange-red in fall. Watch for thorns.

Attributes - Berberis thunbergii

Plant Type: Shrub

Bloom Season: Early Spring through Late Spring

Flower Color: Yellow

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 3 ft. to 6 ft.

Width: 10 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil, Hot Climates. Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.

Related Plants

Berberis darwinii, Berberis x gladwynensis 'William Penn', Berberis julianae, Berberis x mentorensis, Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea', Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy', Berberis thunbergii 'Erecta', Berberis thunbergii 'Kobold', Berberis thunbergii 'Minor', Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea, Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Nana', Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Rose Glow', Berberis verruculosa
 
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