Berberis x gladwynesis 'William Penn'


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 big appeal this fast-grower will add color where contrast is the main feature all season long.  

  • Dark-green leaves turn bronze-red in winter
  • Yellow flowers in the spring
  • Great as an accent

This multi-purpose shrub can be used by house foundations, as a hedge, in fence rows and in perennial gardens. Grows statewide in Kansas, but in western Kansas needs some protection.

Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 4-6 ft
Zone: 6-9
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about 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
  • Fast Growing
  • Naturalizing
  • Evergreen
  • Border or Bed
  • Rock Garden
  • Mass Planting
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance

Foliage Color:

  • Bronze
  • Red
  • Dark Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright
  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Early Color
  • Winter

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water