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Berberis thunbergii  

BER-ber-is thun-BERG-ee-eye 

i-Deciduous – Sun/Shade
Ht. 3’-6’ Spread 3’-6’
Spacing 2’-3’

HABIT: Thorny, dense, yellow flowers in spring, red foliage in summer. Regular and dwarf forms are available. Mentor has green foliage in summer with red fall and winter color.

CULTURE:  Easy, any soil, drought tolerant.

USES: Colorful barrier or low hedge.

PROBLEMS:   None serious other than the thorns.

NOTES:  Thorns create a good barrier. The dwarf pygmy variety is an ugly little thing at first. Mentor Barberry Berberis x mentorensis is a larger growing green plant with red fall and winter color. ‘Rose Glow’ is a pink tinged cultivar. Can withstand drought and very low temperatures. Native to Japan.

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