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Royal Burgundy Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Gentry'

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Royal Burgundy Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Gentry') at Gertens

Berberis thunbergii 'Royal Burgundy' foliage

Berberis thunbergii 'Royal Burgundy' foliage

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Royal Burgundy Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Gentry') at Gertens

Berberis thunbergii 'Royal Burgundy'

Berberis thunbergii 'Royal Burgundy'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 24 inches

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 4a


An attractive compact shrub for the garden border with rich velvet-burgundy foliage all season long turning to deep red in fall, keeps its tightly mounded low-growing habit without pruning, color doesn't fade over summer

Ornamental Features:

Royal Burgundy Japanese Barberry has attractive burgundy foliage which emerges red in spring. The small oval leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding dark red in the fall. It features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. The fruits are showy scarlet drupes carried in abundance from early to late fall.

Landscape Attributes:

Royal Burgundy Japanese Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Royal Burgundy Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Border Edging
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Royal Burgundy Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Rock Edging Garden Groundcover Container
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