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Wintergreen Barberry

Berberis x julianae

 

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Wintergreen Barberry (Berberis x julianae) at A Very Successful Garden Center

Wintergreen Barberry in fall

Wintergreen Barberry in fall

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

A beautiful shrub that looks rich on the landscape; red emerging foliage matures to deep green all summer, finally turning wine red in fall, also has attractive flowers and inconspicuous dark fruit in the fall

Ornamental Features

Wintergreen Barberry has attractive dark green foliage which emerges red in spring. The glossy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. It is bathed in stunning clusters of fragrant yellow flowers hanging below the branches from early to mid spring. The fruits are showy plum purple drupes displayed from early to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Wintergreen Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. 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;

  • Spiny

Wintergreen Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Wintergreen Barberry will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features