Trees and shrubs

Berberis thunbergii: Thunberg barberry


Berberis thunbergii is a beautiful shrub, notably thanks to its flowering and its scarlet red berries which delight birds in winter.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Berberis thunbergii
Family : Berberidaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 1 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Ordinary, well drained

Foliage
: Obsolete or persistent
Flowering : April May

Planting Berberis thunbergii

It's better to plant Berberis thunbergii in the fall to promote rooting before winter and therefore better recovery in spring

Planting possible in spring for all subjects purchased in pots or containers. Then water more intensively from the first heat and / or periods without rain.

  • Berberis thunbergii likes sunny or partially shaded situations.
  • In hedges, respect a spacing of 1 m between each foot.
  • Follow our planting tips.

Caring for berberis thunbergii

For the Berberis thunbergii hedges, choose a size in fall and spring to give it the shape you want.

Isolated, we can prune the Berberis thunbergii in autumn about 1/4 of its height to promote spring flowering.

To know about Berberis thunbergii

The berberis thunbergii, native to Japan, is considered thorny but less so than other species of the same family because its thorns are less sharp.

It has been cultivated in Europe since the 19th century.

It counts indeed several hundred species and therefore many different shapes and colors.

It is also found with a green than purple foliage and flowering varies from pink to white, passing through yellow and orange.

It offers beautiful clusters of yellow and red flowers, which then gives small red berries which make the birds happy and which persist in winter.

  • It is particularly suitable for defensive hedges but also for shrub beds.
  • It is often found in bocage hedges and on embankments.

Smart tip

The good hardiness of this shrub frees you from any fertilizer or maintenance product.

Video: Berberis thunbergii Atropurpurea - Red-Leaf Japanese Barberry (October 2020).