Berberis thunbergiiBerberis thunbergii

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Berberis thunbergii
  • PRONUNCIATION:BER-ber-is thun-BERG-ee-i
  • COMMON NAME: Japanese Barberry
  • FAMILY: Berberidaceae
  • NATIVITY: Japan
  • GROWTH HABIT: Much-branched, very dense rounded shrub
  • SIZE: 3 to 6' by 4 to 7'.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 4 - 8.
  • CULTURE: Extremely adaptable, withstands dry conditions, will not withstand ext. moist conditions, best in full sun
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Hedge, barrier, grouping
  • FOLIAGE Alternate, simple, obvate to satulate-oblong, 1/2 to 1 1/4" long bright green, orange, scarlet, redish purple fall color.
  • BUDS: Small, ovoid, solitary, sessile
  • BARK: smooth, brown
  • FLOWER: yellow 1/3 to 1/2" april-may 2 to 4 in cluster
  • FRUIT: bright red, 1/3" ellipsiodal berry, oct through winter(excellent winter effect)
  • PROPAGATION: cuttings
  • PESTS: bacterial leaf spot, anthracnose, root rots, rustus, wilt, mosaic, barberry aphid, barberry webworm, scale, northern root-knot nematode
  • CULTIVARS: Many Purple leaf types and Green leaf type variations

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