Cabernet® Japanese Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Cabernet'
Cabernet® Japanese Barberry foliage
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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
A beautiful shrub for bringing color into the landscape; rich burgundy-red foliage all summer long, finally turning to brilliant yellow in fall, also has attractive flowers and showy red fruits after the leaves fall; best time to prune is May-July
Cabernet® Japanese Barberry is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy red drupes carried in abundance from early to late fall. It has attractive burgundy foliage which emerges crimson in spring. The small glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. It features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring.
Cabernet® Japanese Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging 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 can be pruned at anytime. 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;
Cabernet® Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Cabernet® Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
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 considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.