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BERBERIS thunbergii (ROYAL BURGUNDY®)

Image of Berberis thunbergii 'Gentry' (ROYAL BURGUNDY®) PP9461

Nancy Engel

Family

Berberidaceae

Botanical Name

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Gentry'(ROYAL BURGUNDY®) PP9461

Plant Common Name

Japanese Barberry, Royal Burgundy® Japanese Barberry

General Description

Royal Burgundy® Japanese barberry is a mounded, dwarf shrub with particularly attractive dark burgundy leaves. This dense, multi-stemmed plant originates from eastern Asia and Japan. In fall, its foliage turns burgundy-red. Red berries, which are attractive to birds, appear in late summer to fall and persist into winter.

Grow 'Gentry' in full to partial sun and average, well-drained soil. Thorny, but still suitable for low hedges and barriers, it also makes a nice accent plant for containers. This is a beautiful and tough shrub that is tolerant of many soil types and sites.

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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern 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

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • 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)

    Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Burgundy

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes