Berberis thunbergii (BER-ber-is thun-BERG-ee-eye)
Semi-Deciduous – Sun/Shade
HEIGHT: 3'-6' Spread 3#39;-6'
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.