Berberis x mentorensis

Mentor Barberry

Berberis x mentorensis

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 compact shrub with big appeal, this fast-grower will add color where contrast is the main feature all season long.  This is a deciduous shrub but will hold onto some of its leaves extending the season even longer.

  • Vibrant fall color
  • Use in hedges or for naturalizing
  • Low maintenance

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

Height: 4-5 ft
Spread: 5-7 ft
Zone: 5-8
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Mentor 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


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

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Red
  • Orange


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water