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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 5 to 6 feet, to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 8 feet, to 15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Other: tiny but make a nice effect
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollution
Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
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
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Monoecious

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Comments:
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 ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 12, 2018 11:07 AM

Because this shrub is so nasty to touch or work around from of all its many sharp thorns, I have never loved it in my whole horticultural career for decades. It has a beauty of pretty, fine-textured foliage and good orange or red fall color, but I would not miss seeing it in landscapes. This mother species with green foliage gets to be 5 to 8 feet high and 6 to 15 feet wide with a very dense, rounded habit, though when not old or if properly pruned it can have a nice informal habit. By itself it eventually becomes a horribly dense mass of stems and twigs. Many homeowners shear barberry into weird meatball or squarish forms or make it into a sheared low or medium height hedge. It bears lots of orange football-shaped fruit that some kinds of birds eat and spread the seed around, so that it becomes an invasive east Asian plant in and around woods. It makes a great shelter for deer ticks and other ticks in the wild. This mother species is not used or sold much in the trade, but there is a huge number of cultivars of dwarf, compact, purple-red, rose, or yellow foliaged mutations used a lot in many landscapes in the US.

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