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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Shrubs

As a plant in our region, Japanese Barberries are highly underused. Very few plants offer the vivid colours, low maintenance and impenetrable thorns offered by these deciduous plants.

Barberry Concorde

Most forms of Berberis thunbergii are low growing deciduous shrubs with densely massed stems and small neatly rounded colourful leaves. Spines are prickly though not overally vicious. Small, almost insignificant brightly coloured flowers appear in spring.

The following are four Japanese Barberries that we find particularly attractive:

Rose Glow Japanese Barberry

Rose Glow Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’

Graceful branching on this barberry makes it a wonderful hedge, barrier planting or single accent. Foliage is a deep rose-red glow over mottled white and green foliage in spring. Bright red berries in fall and winter. Deciduous. Best when planted in full sun in moist, but well drained soil. Slow grower to 5ft tall and 4ft wide. Hardy in zones 4-8.

Concorde Japanese Barberry

Concorde Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Concorde’

This dense rounded barberry produces deep maroon purple foliage all season long. Blooms in late spring with small yellow flowers followed by bright red berries. Excellent for use as a container shrub, an edge or as a barrier. Deciduous. Best when planted in full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Hardy in zones 4-8. Slow growing to 18 inches tall and wide.

Sunsation Japanese Barberry

Sunsation Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Monry’

A new compact dwarf form of Japanese barberry features bright golden yellow foliage sometimes offering an orange cast. Excellent colour contrast for other reddish-purple barberries or green leaved plants. Deciduous. Best when planted in full sun and moist, but well drained soils. Slow grower to 3-ft in height and width. Hardy in zones 4-8

Royal Burgundy Japanese Barberry

Royal Burgundy Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Gentry’

An improved selection of barberry from ‘Crimson Pygmy’ with richer burgundy foliage colour and small velvety leaves that hold their colour through summer. Insignificant yellow flowers in spring. Foliage changes to a reddish black in the Fall. Thorny – makes a great barrier shrub. Deciduous. Grows in a dense mounded form, 2ft high and up to 3ft wide. Best when planted in full sun and moist, but well drained soils. Hardy in zones 4-8.

How to Grow Japanese Barberry

Barberries are easy to grow and thrive in most soil types. They are tolerant of heavy pruning and are useful as edges, hedges and barrier plantings. Pruning is best performed in winter when the plant is dormant and you can see the branching habit. Best in full sun.

In Canada, there are restrictions on barberry varieties and where they can be grown because some species have been known to harbour the over wintering phase of the wheat rust virus. This is unfortunate as south of the border in the USA are dozens of amazing Barberry varieties that are not allowed into Canada.

 

Arts Nursery carries a large selection of Japanese Barberries year round although we always recommend calling ahead, 604.882.1201, to confirm availability and selection


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