Intermedia Barberry

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Compact Intermedia Barberry

  • Great Foliage Color
  • Compact Size
  • Uniform Shape
  • Thrives in Full Sun

Looking for a really reliable splash of bold color? If you have a setting where you need that little bit of something extra to spice things up, Intermedia Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Intermedia') simply "glows" in the right light.

It has the same red foliage that Barberries are prized for, but in a smaller, more compact package than other varieties. This small, Japanese shrub makes a lovely specimen planting for your yard, or you could use several as a filler hedge or border.

Perfect Color and Form

Intermedia Barberry is a deciduous shrub, so it will lose its leaves in winter. It features a uniform, rounded shape and the dense foliage presents a lush, vibrant appearance.

The deep, reddish green foliage is a perfect accent for gray, white, stone or wood-clad homes. Pop that color by partnering it with some bright Emerald 'n Gold Euonymus at the front of the border, and you've instantly given your house a big boost of curb appeal.

How to Use Intermedia Barberry in the Landscape

You can grow this easy care shrub in containers, where it's naturally mounded shape works beautifully, but do be aware that Intermedia Barberry has thorns. Place the containers away from walkways. Try a trio of them in tall pots in the middle of a garden bed to provide a colorful focal point.

Because of its thorny nature, deer and rabbits tend to pass it by, and it's quite effective as a barrier plant. Use this in places where a little extra security could be useful, as vandals may be deterred by the thorns.

For instance, a great use of this plant is as a long, low foundation planting that won't give you trouble. This petite shrub loves well-drained soil. Because it stays small, you won't have to worry about pruning it underneath your windows.

Birds adore nesting in Barberry, as it provides them great cover. Place a birdbath and a feeder nearby and enjoy watching the action of your local songbirds.

This is also a great choice for urban landscapes. It can stand up to pollution.

#ProPlantTips from the Nature Hills Horticultural Team

You can let it grow freely but it doesn't mind if you trim it to maintain the shape and size you prefer. Barberry bushes grow best in full sun and are tolerant of many types of soil. Give it a nice layer of mulch to protect the top of the roots.

Compact and hardy, with standout color that sets the stage for coordinating partner plants, the Intermedia Barberry is a perfect choice. We recommend using an odd number of plants, and installing them in a gentle curve or zig-zag for the best effect. You'll love this choice.Order today!

Plant Sentry Protects Communities

Sometimes, a plant grows a little "too well" in certain areas. Please rest assured that Nature Hills uses a software system called Plant Sentry. This robust platform ensures that we follow all local, state and federal regulations for plant materials. We protect your community against invasives and disease. Don't worry, Nature Hills has you covered!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Intermedia Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Intermedia'
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Reddish Green
Foliage Reddish Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes