BERBERIS

BERBERIS

Grown for its neat habit, yellow flowers, and red fruit, this shrub spreads prolifically by seed and is considered invasive in some areas, including the Northeast. Alternatives include bayberry ( Myrica pensylvanica ) and winterberry ( Ilex verticillata ). The many cultivars include 'Atropurpurea Nana' (red-purple foliage); 'Aurea' (bright yellow young foliage); 'Pink Queen' (variegated); and 'Silver Beauty' (leaves mottled creamy white).

Noteworthy Characteristics: Invasive. Attractive foliage.

Care: Adaptable to most any soil in full sun to part shade.

Propagation: Spreads prolifically by seed.

Problems: Scale insects, mites, Japanese weevils. Canker, dieback, fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, root rot, Verticillium wilt, rust diseases.

Overview

Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.

Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.

Growth Pace

Invasive/Aggressive Grower, 

Moderate Grower

Light Full Sun to Part Shade

Moisture Medium Moisture

Maintenance Moderate

Characteristics Showy Foliage

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color Yellow

Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage

Uses Hedge

Style Beds and Borders

Seasonal Interest Spring Interest

Type Shrubs