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Barberry

Berberis

Barberry paints the landscape with arching, fine-textured branches of purple-red or chartreuse foliage. In fall, leaves brighten to reddish orange and spikes of red berries appear like sparklers as the foliage drops. The mounding habit of barberries makes for graceful hedging and barriers, and the thorns protect privacy.

Japanese barberry is considered an invasive plant in the Eastern U.S. and the species is banned from cultivation in some places, so check local restrictions before planting.

Light:

Part Sun, Sun

Type:

Height:

3 to 8 feet

Width:

To 7 feet wide

Flower Color:

Zones:

3-9


how to grow Barberry


more varieties for Barberry
Crimson Pygmy barberry

Crimson Pygmy barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana' is one of the most commonly grown types. It offers purple foliage through the summer that turns bold red in fall. It grows 3 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-8

'Dart's Red Lady' barberry

'Dart's Red Lady' barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Dart's Red Lady' offers dark purple foliage that brightens to shining red in fall. It grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-8

Golden barberry

Golden barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea' features chartreuse leaves that cover the slow-growing shrub for season-long color. It grows 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 5-8

'Helmond Pillar' barberry

'Helmond Pillar' barberry

Berberis 'Helmond Pillar' is a newer selection often used for privacy screens. It grows 5 feet tall but only 2 feet wide. Zones 4-8

'Mission Canyon' Oregon grape

'Mission Canyon' Oregon grape

Berberis aquifolium 'Mission Canyon' is a spreading evergreen shrub that grows 2 feet tall and spreads to about 6 feet wide. It is a tough, hardy selection that makes an excellent groundcover. Zones 7-10

Nevin's barberry

Nevin's barberry

Berberis nevinii is a rare barberry that deserves more attention. Nevin's barberry grows 6-10 feet tall and has bright yellow flowers in winter and spring. It makes a great impenetrable hedge or a nice covering for dry slopes. Zones 9-10


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