A huge, easy family of evergreen and deciduous species and varieties, berberis will grow almost anywhere. Small bushes enhance a rock garden; larger kinds light up a border or form a burglar-proof hedge. The most popular leaf-shedding kind is Berberis thunbergii (Crimson Pygmy Barberry, Rose Glow Barberry, Intermedia Redleaf Barberry, and Thornless Barberry). Barberry are undemanding shrubs, many have fiery fall leaf tints, bearing yellow or orange spring flowers. Hardy to -13 degrees Fahrenheit, they can resist icy winter winds. They need full sun to flower and fruit freely, but will tolerate light shade. As far as soils go they prosper in a wide range of soils, from sand to heavy, often waterlogged clay. It's best to plant Barberry May-November. Flowers in April and May.
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Attracts Bees
Attracts Birds
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Deer Resistant
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