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Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)

Berberis thunbergii Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Berberis thunbergii BER-ber-iss thun-BER-jee-eye Common Name: Japanese barberry 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.
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
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Hedge
Style Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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