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BERBERIS thunbergii 'Kobold'

Image of Berberis thunbergii 'Kobold' PP3038

Mary S. Thomas

Family

Berberidaceae

Botanical Name

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Kobold' PP3038

Plant Common Name

Japanese Barberry, Kobold Japanese Barberry

General Description

Kobold Japanese barberry is a super dwarf, uniform, mounded shrub with particularly attractive dark green leaves. Originating from eastern Asia and Japan, its small leaves turn yellow and red in fall. Red berries, which are attractive to birds, appear in late summer to fall and persist into winter.

Provide this barberry with 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

    0'-0' / 0.0m - 0.0m (2)

  • Width

    0'-0' / 0.0m - 0.0m (2)

  • 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

    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)

    Green, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red

  • 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

    No

  • 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