Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) in the Barberries Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds: seeds require a cooling period prior to germination and are best planted in the Fall
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Sep 21, 2011 4:24 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 24, 2011 10:13 AM

Easy to root from stem cuttings. Will often root where branches touch the ground and long branches can be bent over to the ground and weighted with a heavy object to root.

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Posted by Frillylily (springfield MO area - Zone 6a) on Apr 19, 2017 10:42 AM

I've had this shrub for 3 years now and it comes back well after the winter and stays shapely with no pruning and so far has behaved itself and stayed small. The pretty color holds all summer, no leaves in the winter, and it also has a fine white edging around ea leaf. I don't give it a lot of water either. It is planted facing south in front of my house, so far the back side facing the house has held up and not died off. It doesn't seem to grow reaching out toward the sun side.

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