Barberry - Red Leaf Japanese
Red Barberry Loves Sun
The Barberry bush or Red Leaf Japanese bush, Berberis thunbergii, is a deciduous shrub that can reach 4'-6' with an equal spread. It can be trimmed to any size and shape.
The branches are slender, spiny, and small, and the leaves are roundly oval in a deep red to purple color.
The small, yellow flowers borne beneath leaves, from April to May, are not showy.
Bright red berries can be found along stems from late fall through winter. Birds and wildlife love them
Barberry bushes are best located in full sun, but will grow in partial sun.
This plant is tolerant of many types of soil, but will not do well in wet to very moist soils.
As name Barberry implies, this makes an excellent hedge or filler shrub.
*Persistent Red Berries
Ms. Review by LJC
This is a very hardy bush, impervious to heat or cold, drought or flood. However, the thorns arfe RAZOR sharp and imbed quickly in your flesh, creating a real hurtful throb. I barely touched the bush and had a thorn break off in my finger. I immediately attacked it with needle and alcohol. I would not advise planting this anywhere near where children may play.
excellent natural 'barrier fence' Review by Kitts garden
Barberry by nature is extremely thorny, so any cultivar makes a great boundary marker/ privacy hedge. If you have an area that needs a deterent to trespassers tis is the plant for you. No one will try and penetreate it and you get the bonus of it being extrememly beautiful. Better than an ugly fence (or even barbed wire in commercial applications). Another bonus is that it is a wonderful shrub for small birds. They love the fact that bigger predators gannot get to them. Lovely color in the garden. caveat, there are some states that now prohibit this plant. Also, because it is so thorny you may wnt to plant carefully, as you will have a heck of a time removing after it is mature. Small on space, try a dwarf variety
cure??? Review by jack goddard
I just read where barberry has a possible cause for lowering blood glucose levels...used in treating diabetic individuals...
Barberry (berberis vulgaris) Review by The Root Doctor
Scientific research conducted within the last 10 years indicates that Barberry root, bark and especially berry all have medicinal value. Specifically:
Enhances anti-malarial medications
Lowers blood presure
Treats protozoal infections due to leishmaniasis
Treat topical infections and eczema
Acts as a mild laxitive
Possible adjunct treatment of leukemia
Great for sore throat when used as gargle
Good for cough and fever
Possible treatment for pyorrhea of gums
MAY contain both anti-viral and anti-carcengenic properties
Adverse reactions include:
Low doses ay stimulate heart
Normal dosage may slightly depress heart action and blood pressure
High dosage may dangerously depress blood pressure
High dosage may dangerously depress brochial action andrespiration
Should NEVER be used during pregnancy.
Thorny, not kid friendly Review by Terra
I just wish my landscaper had told me about all of the incredibly sharp thorns this bush has. I constantly worry about one of my small children fall into it or grabbing. My son was walking by it and just brushed his hand against it, and got a thorn that we cant get out. It looks nice, though.