Japanese barberry

Berberis thunbergii

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
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Genus:  Berberis
Grown for its neat habit, yellow flowers, and red fruit, this shrub spreads prolifically by seed and is considered invasive in some areas, including the Northeast. Alternatives include bayberry ( Myrica pensylvanica ) and winterberry ( Ilex verticillata ). The many cultivars include 'Atropurpurea Nana' (red-purple foliage); 'Aurea' (bright yellow young foliage); 'Pink Queen' (variegated); and 'Silver Beauty' (leaves mottled creamy white).
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Invasive. Attractive foliage.
Care:  Adaptable to most any soil in full sun to part shade.
Propagation:  Spreads prolifically by seed.
Problems:  Scale insects, mites, Japanese weevils. Canker, dieback, fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, root rot, Verticillium wilt, rust diseases.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Hedge
Style
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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