How to Grow Berberis thunbergii Plants in your Garden
Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Japanese Barberry
The Berberis thunbergii plant is a native to East Asian countries, and especially to Japan. It has since become widespread in numerous other countries such as the USA and China.
Japanese barberry is a bushy shrub with spiny branches. It has a deciduous nature. It is often grown as an ornamental plant in temperate parts of the world.
Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Rose Glow' photograph by F. D. Richards.
There are many cultivars available. These typically have different colored foliage. This may be variegated, and ranges from yellow through to dark red and violet. Cultivars may also be specialized for use in hedges (growing more erect) or as stand alone dwarf plants.
Quick Growing and Care Guide
Scientific Name:Berberis thunbergii
Common Name (s): Japanese barberry, Thunberg's barberry, Red barberry
Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): 4 to 8 / H7
Life Cycle / Plant Type: Deciduous shrub. Compact, bushy.
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet (90 to 180 cm)
Plant Spread: 4 to 7 feet (120 to 210 cm)
Blooms: Mid to late spring
Flower Details: Solitary flowers. Pale yellow or orange. Red sepals.
Leaf Foliages: Spiny leaves. Obovate. Green - Turns Red / orange in fall
Best Light Conditions: Full sun (tolerates partial shade)