Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: Bright Yellow Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: Mid Spring
Foliage: Grown for foliage Deciduous Burgundy Smooth-Textured Good Fall Color
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors By stooling or mound layering
Seed Collecting: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Sep 1, 2012, sunsprite from Downers Grove, IL wrote:
A few years ago I planted a row against the chain link fence, mostly to keep my dogs "socializing" with the neighbor's puppy. I underplanted them with dead nettle, and left them alone, except for occasional trimming, considering them a temporary solution. They turned out gorgeous! Since I have a pretty decent garden, from a distance, guests often assume these are some exotic plants. You should see their faces when I explain they are barberries! I now have them by smoke bush Young Lady, underplanted with Blue Oat grass, and by Hakuro Nishiki willow. I also planted a couple of smaller Crimson Pigmy ones, by Hameln pennisetum. They are the workhorses of the garden! Love them in any season.
On May 21, 2012, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:
Native to Japan and Eastern Asia, it's escaped cultivation in North America and has been replacing native species. It's recognized as invasive in many parts of the Eastern U.S. Further, the plant can raise the pH of the soil and affect soil nitrogen levels. The Plant Conservation Alliance's Alien Plant Working Group lists it among its "Least Wanted".
If you live in the U.S., I would choose a native bush like the Chokecherry instead.
On May 9, 2012, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
These perform very well for me; they're beautiful, tough, and require nothing more than a bit of pruning. They are also extremely functional as a home security enhancement. If you plant these near the windows of your home, the thorns will keep just about everyone away. (I'm really not joking about this - a few years ago my teenaged son had a lower level bedroom and was using his window to sneak friends in and out. Once I planted a barberry in front of that window, the traffic stopped completely.)
On Jun 4, 2010, ImaFarmer2 from Medford, NJ wrote:
Awesome color to contrast other plants such as blue rug juniper or even around the base of a Hoopsi. I know the Jap Barberry's tolerate shade with no problem,but in my experiance...unless they get full Sun,the color is not near as brilliant, in fact, they look quite ordinary so what is the point?
With its lovely arching shape, 'Rose Glow' is ideal on a slight slope. Miraculously survives the Southeast's Turkish sauna of humidity and extreme heat without being marred by insects or disease. The burgundy and pink mottling on new leaves is this carefree shrub's greatest asset -- exquisite!
On Oct 27, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
Absolutely wonderful bush to use as a foundation planting or to add color to your yard! In spring and early summer the bush has colors ranging from a deep green to a mottled rosy pink and finally burgundy - all at the same time! If you trim it back in summer, it will again put on a show as the new growth appears. In winter when the leaves disappear, the stems stay a wonderful red for winter interest, and the birds love the berries. And!!! the thorns make them deer resistant!
Will do equally well in full sun or part sun, moist to well drained soil. Doesn't appear to need any special fertilizing. Trim back as needed, spring, summer or fall.
Other than making sure you wear gloves when trimming (because of the thorns), this bush doesn't have a downside. I heartily recommend them. We've planted them along our walkway and draw many compliments from visitors on how they enhance the look of our property.
These plants require little or no maintenance other than a little pruning to taste. I prefer very little or no pruning...just enought to keep it from getting out of hand. They are a bit drab in winter as they shed their leaves but are very attractive in the summer with burgandy leaves and small inconspicuous flowers in spring. They make a great hedge if planted close together due to the many sharp thorns throughout the plant.
On Nov 6, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
One of the cultivars thought to be resistant to Black Rust Stem; it is permitted to enter Canada.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Chino Valley, Arizona Boulder Creek, California Crockett, California Folsom, California Martinez, California San Anselmo, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Colorado Springs, Colorado (2 reports) Cherry Valley, Illinois Crystal Lake, Illinois Downers Grove, Illinois Fox River Grove, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Rocky Ripple, Indiana Valparaiso, Indiana Hutchinson, Kansas Leavenworth, Kansas Gray, Louisiana Alfred, Maine Lynn, Massachusetts Eastpointe, Michigan Ludington, Michigan Saint Clair Shores, Michigan Webberville, Michigan Hopkins, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Manchester, New Hampshire Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey Medford Lakes, New Jersey North Plainfield, New Jersey West Berlin, New Jersey White House Station, New Jersey Buffalo, New York Cayuga Heights, New York Bucyrus, Ohio Columbus, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Edmond, Oklahoma Beaverton, Oregon Portland, Oregon Columbia, South Carolina Florence, South Carolina Jackson, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Webster, South Dakota , Texas Marshall Creek, Texas Rowlett, Texas Elwood, Utah Fruit Heights, Utah Pembroke, Virginia Bellingham, Washington East Port Orchard, Washington Inglewood-finn Hill, Washington Kalama, Washington Kittitas, Washington Vancouver, Washington Falling Waters, West Virginia Owen, Wisconsin