Gerald L. Klingaman
Plant Common Name
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A rather tidy, dense shrub with stiffly arching branches, the warted barberry gets its name from the small raised bumps on its otherwise smooth bark. This evergreen shrub is native to west-central China. Three-part spines line the branches.
Warty barberry's leathery, rich green leaves are tipped with spines. Leaf undersides are gray-white. In winter's cold, the leaves may turn red, or simply blush mahogany or bronze-burgundy. In late spring, golden flowers appear on twigs tucked under the leaves. After pollination by bees, small fruits develop and mature to purplish black and covered in a whitish bloom coating.
Grow warted barberry in any garden soil that isn't overly wet, regardless of texture or pH. It prospers in full sun to partial shade, but in hottest climates, shadier conditions are best. This shrub tolerates pruning well, allowing it to be cut very low and maintained as a groundcover. Warted barberry is magnificent when planted on banks or at the base of taller or leggy shrubs in a mixed shrub border.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 4
USDA Hardiness Zone
6 - 9
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m
4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m