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Korean Barberry*

Berberis koreana

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Korean Barberry (Berberis koreana) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Korean Barberry fruit

Korean Barberry fruit

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Korean Barberry (Berberis koreana) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Korean Barberry in fall

Korean Barberry in fall

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Korean Barberry (Berberis koreana) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Korean Barberry flowers

Korean Barberry flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Description:

A fine but underutilized shrub featuring showy flowers, bright red fruit and superb fall color; multifunctional, excellent used as a hedge or barrier due to its thorns, not very fussy about its growing conditions

Ornamental Features

Korean Barberry is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy red drupes carried in abundance from early to late fall. It features showy racemes of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The oval leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Korean Barberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Spiny

Korean Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Korean Barberry will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features