First Editions® Cabernet® Barberry

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Excellent Edging First Editions® Cabernet® Barberry

  • Stays Tight and Compact
  • Incredible Color
  • Rich Burgundy To Purple Color
  • Crimson New Growth in Spring
  • Tiny Yellow Blooms
  • Supports Beneficial Pollinators
  • Orange and Scarlet Fall Color
  • Showy Red Berries for Winter
  • Rarely Needs Pruning
  • Waterwise Once Established
  • Very Cold Hardy

Line your garden beds with an incredible ribbon of easy-care color near ground level. You'll love the performance and handsome good looks of these compact, purplish-red, sun-loving shrubs.

Beautiful First Editions® Cabernet® Barberry (Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Moretti Select') stays tight and low with very little need for pruning. Enjoy a brilliant color display with this landscape workhorse.

You'll enjoy great color and texture. Colorful Cabernet Barberry fits in any landscape from formal to natural.

Cabernet Barberry is a perfect fit...even in small space gardens. This tough plant is waterwise once established, and requires very little care.

This modern cultivar makes a great foundation plant and defines a border like few other plants can. Make a statement with showy Cabernet as part of the backbone of your garden.

You'll relish the look of the bright crimson new growth that ages to deep burgundy. The color layering adds a rich, welcome depth to your landscape.

As temperatures drop for fall, the foliage heats up. Rounded Cabernet leaves glow with an intense orange and scarlet fire for fall color.

Tiny yellow blooms support local butterflies and beneficial pollinators. Over the season, they develop into a small harvest of berries for songbirds.

The species Barberry does "too well" in certain areas, but Nature Hills utilizes an online tool called Plant Sentry to stop shipments of regulated plant material into vulnerable areas. Type in your zip code above the Plant Highlights to see if this modern cultivar can be shipped to you.

A truly beautiful plant, Cabernet requires very little pruning. These high performance plants were field-tested for durability for many years to earn their right to wear the coveted First Editions label.

Order your Cabernet Barberry from the environmentally conscious growers at Nature Hills today!

How to Use First Editions Cabernet Barberry in the Landscape

Add interest to mature foundation plantings with this easy-care choice. Expand the planting outward to include a solid low hedge; or have your evergreen shrubs pruned back to make room for a splash of Cabernet.

Plant them 20 inches apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. They'll fill in to create a seamless presentation.

Add more rows staggered in a zigzagging planting pattern for an effective mass planting. Add color all season-long!

As a bonus, these petite plants sport sharp thorns along the length of their stems. Try them a s beautiful barrier plants where you want to control foot traffic and protect your property.

Choose Cabernet Barberry to reduce work for yourself and get your weekends back. Plant them along the front of your shrub border to hide the base of bare "legs" of taller shrubs.

These are an excellent partner for mature evergreen shrubs and trees. Create a curved mulched bed on the sunny side; add Red Twig Dogwood, Ornamental Grasses, Shrub Roses and polish up with Cabernet Barberry for a spectacular display all year.

In a modern space, create a bold feature with a raised concrete planter bed with wide sides for seating. Plant a massed monoculture of Cabernet in the center and place those unforgettable hues on full display.

You can also use Cabernet Barberry as a modern twist on traditional Boxwood edging. Create open rectangular beds and fill with Cabernet Splash™ Blueberry or First Editions® Marmalade® Potentilla.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Achieve the best color in full sun, where they'll get at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. The color won't be as vivid in partially shaded locations...the mre sun, the better!

Well-drained soils are important to keep the root system happy. Elevate the plants in a planting mound or raised bed, if you need to improve drainage.

Light pruning is only necessary to shape it. You'll want to wear thick gloves when working with Barberry; and place the trimmings in yard waste bags...not the compost pile.

Give it a careful schedule of moderate water the first season in your landscape. After that, Cabernet does become waterwise, but you'll still want to give supplemental water during extended drought.

Fertilize in early spring with a formula for Acid Loving plants according to label directions. Apply a three-inch layer of pine bark or pine straw mulch, pulling it back from directly touching the stems for proper air circulation.

Deer don't prefer the taste, but we always recommend Deer Repellent Spray on new plantings if you live in an area with heavy pressure. Reapply according to the directions through the growing season.

You'll be thrilled with the high performance of easy-care Cabernet Barberry. Order yours from the expert growers at Nature Hills today.

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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First Editions® Cabernet® Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Moretti Select'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Deep Red Burgundy
Foliage Deep Red Burgundy
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No