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BERBERIS (EMERALD CAROUSEL™)

Image of Berberis 'Tara' (EMERALD CAROUSEL™)

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Berberidaceae

Botanical Name

BERBERIS 'Tara'(EMERALD CAROUSEL™)

Plant Common Name

Emerald Carousel™ Barberry

General Description

Emerald Carousel™ barberry is a hybrid cross between Berberis thunbergii and Berberis koreana. This rounded shrub has graceful arching branches that bear yellow flower clusters in the spring. Its foliage is lustrous, deep green and turns dark red to purple in early fall through to late autumn. Bright red berries are produced along its stems and are held into winter until they are eaten by birds. This is a thorny shrub that prefers full sun and is tolerant of most soils. It is commonly used for hedges or in mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Crimson

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes