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BERBERIS thunbergii 'Rose Glow'

Image of Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Rose Glow'

James H. Schutte

Family

Berberidaceae

Botanical Name

BERBERIS thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Rose Glow'

Plant Common Name

Purpleleaf Japanese Barberry, Rose Glow Barberry

General Description

One of the prettier barberries for the landscape, ‘Rose Glow’ has a neat bushy habit and beautifully colored foliage all growing season. This thorny deciduous shrub originates from Japan. In spring, its fine, dense stems become covered with small round leaves that are rose-pink and burgundy flecked with white. Later in the season its foliage matures to a soft purple-pink and in fall turns orange-red and burgundy hues before dropping. Early in the season insignificant yellow flowers appear and later develop into bright red, berry-like fruits that are eaten by birds and often persist into winter.

Rose Glow barberry is easy to grow and tough. It prefers full to partial sun and average garden soil. This selection is known to self-sow and become somewhat invasive, especially in the eastern United States. Though thorny, this shrub it still suitable for hedges and barriers but it should not be planted in areas where children play.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Central Asia, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Crimson, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Pink, Rose, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Pink, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Burgundy, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes