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Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'O'Byrne'

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Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'O'Byrne') at Gertens

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry

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Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'O'Byrne') at Gertens

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry foliage

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'O'Byrne') at Gertens

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Japanese Barberry

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

A standout shrub producing bright orange-red new growth that develops a distinctive chartreuse margin as the season progresses; very showy, great as a color contrast in the landscape; plant on slopes, in beds, or as a border

Ornamental Features

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has attractive scarlet foliage edged in chartreuse with hints of orange which emerges orange in spring. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of orange, red and burgundy in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. 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

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 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 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.

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

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Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features