Berberis thunbergii var atropurpurea 'Admiration'

Japanese Barberry

Tips for Homeowners:

Barberry would only need occasional water in heavy drought periods and in poor soils they might need some light feeding.

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A small shrub with show-stopping color! Its orange-red leaves edged in yellow will add color where contrast is the main feature all season long.

  • Orange-red leaves with yellow margin. Striking!
  • Low maintenance
  • Red berries and leaves in the fall

This multi-purpose shrub can be used by house foundations, as a hedge, in fence rows and in perennial gardens.

Height: 12-18 in
Spread: 18-24 in
Zone: 3-10
Color: Orange, Red, Yellow

Interesting Notes about Japanese Barberry:

The main reason this is one of the most popular landscape shrubs is its beauty! That, plus its versatility in the landscape is the reason why the spines are mostly overlooked. The spines are only a nuisance when occasionally having to prune dead wood or unwanted canes, or to children who attempt to play in their vicinity. On the other hand, deer tend to leave them alone and a hedgerow of barberry makes a great fence to deter them.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Rock Garden
  • Focal Point
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen
  • Mass Planting
  • Border or Bed
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Early Color

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water