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Barberry Shrub

Varieties of Barberry Shrubs



The barberry shrub was named for it's sharp "barbs" or thorns that it has, along with the berries it produces in the fall. Depending on the variety you get, many will have spring flowers that are fragrant. The summer foliage is outstanding and many barberry's will produce berries in the Fall as well as change foliage colors.

Once established the barberry shrub is one of the lowest maintenance shrubs you will have in your yard. You can trim it to maintain it's shape and size or you can let it grow freely. The long branches will arch towards the ground as they get longer.

The thorns on the barberry shrub make them great for deterring deer and other animals. I would not call them deer resistant as I have seen them damage by deer. Another use of the barberry shrub is as a security plant. The thorns on the barberry might deter unwanted visitors.


Types of Barberries

Crimson Pygmy Barberry
The crimson pygmy barberry is a dense branched, dwarf shrub with a deep crimson foliage that will last all season long. The crimson pygmy japanese barberry is great for...

Wintergreen Barberry
Wintergreen barberry is a native of central China. Growing from 6 to 8 feet tall, it also spreads up to 6 feet. The growth is upright, twiggy and...

Redleaf Barberry
Redleaf Barberry is a showy plant with purplish red foliage during the growing season. It has a very dense branching habit, and...

Golden Carousel Barberry
Golden Carousel barberry is a hybrid made from both Korean and Japanese barberry species. It is a dense growing, compact shrub that really lights up the garden. The leaves are an...

Helmond Pillar Barberry
Helmond Pillar barberry is a deciduous shrub that grows upright, like a column. This plant has reddish-purple foliage with tiny yellow flowers in the spring and...

Rosy Glow Barberry

To get the best color out of the Rosy glow make sure you plant it in full sun.

Planting the rosy glow barberry in shaded areas will give you foliage of solid green with just a tint of the red and pink color.

Use for a hedge or accent plant in the landscape. Add the Rosy glow in clusters of 3, 5 and 7 in your flower beds for accent among other flowering shrubs.

In the spring the Rosy glow will have a rose red glow, mottled white, along with a green foliage. In the Fall and Winter it will produce bright red berries.

  • Scientific Name: Berberis thunbergii "Rose Glow"

  • Plant Type: Deciduous

  • Best Soil: Well Drained

  • Light: Full Sun

  • Growth Rate: Slow

  • Foliage Color: Purple

  • Flower Color: Yellow: Blooms in the Spring with inconspicuous blooms

  • Height: 3-5 foot

  • Spread: 4-6 foot

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9

  • Plant Spacing: 3-5 foot apart

  • Watering Needs: Water weekly, in extreme heat water more often


William Penn Barberry

The William Penn will produce bright yellow flowers in the spring and will give you a stunning bronze fall foliage.

This barberry would make a great low evergreen hedge or a border planting. Once this barberry is established it is very drought tolerant.

Use a general purpose fertilizer, before the springs new growth starts. If a more formal shape is what you are after, make sure to trim after the spring flowering.


  • Scientific Name: Berberis x gladwynensis `William Penn`

  • Plant Type: Evergreen Shrub

  • Best Soil: Moist, Well Drained

  • Light: Full to Partial Sun

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foliage Color: Green

  • Flower Color: Yellow:Blooms in the Spring

  • Height: 3-4 foot

  • Spread: 4-6 foot

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9

  • Plant Spacing: 3-5 foot

  • Watering Needs: Water weekly, in extreme heat water more often





Golden Nugget Barberry

If you are wanting a dwarf, compact barberry than the Golden nugget is perfect. Use this barberry for contrast in your landscape beds.

Perfect against evergreens or plants and shrubs with purple foliage such as the Royal Purple Smoke Tree, Dark Horse Weigela, Meadow Sage or Blue Speedwell
  • Scientific Name: Berberis thunbergii 'Monlers'

  • Plant Type: Deciduous Shrub

  • Best Soil: Moist, Well Drained

  • Light: Full Sun

  • Growth Rate: Slow

  • Foliage Color: Yellow

  • Flower Color: Yellow: Blooms in the Spring are insignificant

  • Height: 1 foot

  • Spread: 1 1/2 foot

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8

  • Plant Spacing: 18 to 24 inches

  • Watering Needs: Water weekly, in extreme heat water more often








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