Red Barberrry Leaves Turn Green - Knowledgebase Question

Kansas City, KS
Question by cwr8287
May 24, 2002
My red barberry bushes start out in spring with red leaves, but then turn quickly to green. What should I do to keep the leaves red?

Answer from NGA
May 24, 2002


In my experience, red barberries (Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea) maintain their red color best in a full sun location but will fade toward green in a shadier location. Unfortunately, apart from increasing the light they receive, I do not know a way to prevent this from happening.

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