berberis / barberry

Barberry are a popular group of shrubs.  This Genus offers a tremendous amount of choices for color accents to the northern landscape.  Somewhat deer resistant due to their small thorns these shrubs perform well in both full sun and in partial shade.  While their color is often much more vibrant if they receive at least six hours of good sun, they maintain their compact habit even in shade.  Once and awhile they are prone to a wild branch that may stick up but can easily be clipped off.  View the selection of Barberry varieties we typically carry below.


GOLDEN CAROUSEL BARBERRY

Height:  4 - 5 ft
Spread:  3 - 4 ft
Foliage:  chartreuse green
Fall Foliage:  Red to Orange
Zone:  4 - 7

 

Berberis 'Bailsel'

This introduction from Bailey Nurseries is a hybrid of Korean and Golden Japanese barberry and combines many of the best features of its two parents. The golden yellow leaves on this upright grower take on nice fall color with some red and orange tones. Golden Carousel® does best when planted in areas of light shade where the leaves are protected from fading or burning in late summer.


Uses:

It is great as a specimen, accent plant, foundation plant, xeriscape plant


helmond pillar  Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar'

This Japanese barberry has an upright, columnar form and features red-purple foliage. Tiny yellow flowers bloom in spring and are replaced by glossy, bright red berries that persist well into winter. This is a great selection for structure and color in the landscape, especially effective in a perennial planting. Prefers well-drained soil and full sun for best foliage color.


Uses:

It is great as a specimen, accent plant, foundation plant, xeriscape plant

 

Height:  4 - 5 ft
Spread:  1 - 2 ft
Foliage:  Reddish Purple
Fall Foliage:  Insignificant
Zone:  4 - 8


MOSCATO BARBERRY

Height:  4 - 5 ft
Spread:  1 - 2 ft
Foliage:  Reddish Purple
Fall Foliage:  Insignificant
Zone:  4 - 8

 

Berberis thunbergii 'BailAnna'

New foliage emerges lime green with a contrasting orange/peach margin, which fades to green in summer. Forms a densely branched, spreading mound, which fits easily in smaller spaces. Can be used as a substitute for boxwood in colder climates where boxwood is not winter hardy.


Uses:

It is great as a specimen, accent plant, foundation plant, xeriscape plant


CRIMSON PYGMY BARBERRY

Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'

A dwarf selection of the Japanese red barberry that is ideal as a low growing hedge plant. Place in full sun for best color.


Uses:

It is great as a specimen, accent plant, foundation plant, xeriscape plant

 

Height:  1 - 2 ft
Spread:  2 - 3 ft
Foliage:  Reddish Purple
Fall Foliage:  Orange - Scarlet
Zone:  4 - 7


barney barberry

Height:  1 - 1.5 ft
Spread:  1 - 2 ft
Foliage:  Reddish Purple
Fall Foliage:  Orange - Scarlet
Zone:  4 - 7

 

Berberis thunbergii 'Barney'

Similar to the Crimson Pygmy this barberry's compact branches make a wonderful low hedge, barrier planting or single shrub accent. Deep burgundy color to foliage. Fantastic orange-red fall color. Deciduous.


Uses:

It is great as a specimen, accent plant, foundation plant, xeriscape plant


orange rocket barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket'

An exciting barberry variety selected for its upright growth in addition to foliage colors in vivid shades of red and orange. New growth emerges radiant with orange-red tones deepening to dark red. Light yellow flowers in the spring are followed by small crimson fruit. Foliage hues intensify in fall, making 'Orange Rocket' light up the landscape.


Uses:

It is great as a specimen, accent plant, foundation plant, xeriscape plant

 

Height:  3 - 4 ft
Spread:  1 - 2 ft
Foliage:  Orange Red
Fall Foliage:  Orange - Scarlet
Zone:  4 - 7


rose glow barberry

Height:  3  ft
Spread:  2 - 3 ft
Foliage:  Purple Red
Fall Foliage:  Scarlet
Zone:  4 - 7

 

Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow'

A sport of Red leaf barberry from Europe with attractive variegated foliage, yellow flowers and red fruit. Place in full sun for best color. An attractive specimen plant and can be used to create an interesting colored hedge.


Uses:

It is great as a specimen, accent plant, foundation plant, xeriscape plant