First Editions® Lambrusco™ Barberry Bush

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Colorful Accent First Editions® Lambrusco™ Barberry

  • Densely Held Foliage
  • Sprightly Red Foliage in Spring
  • Deepens to Dark Burgundy Over the Growing Season
  • Bold Red Fall Color
  • Tiny Yellow Flowers Make a Great Contrast
  • Support Beneficial Pollinators
  • Compact, Rounded Shrub
  • Useful Spreading Growth Habit
  • Can Be Grown in Large Outdoor Containers
  • Deer Leave This Selection Alone
  • Drought Resistant Once Established
  • Urban Tolerant

Yum! Like it's namesake—the world-famous table wine that goes well with earthy Italian cuisine—First Editions® Lambrusco™ Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'BailElla') is smooth and very easy to live with. Rely on its easy-care, colorful performance throughout your landscape.

Gain a low, spreading accent with incredible red, plummy purple and burgundy foliage all season. These low plants spread wide and make exceptional red-leaved ground cover in sunny locations.

You'll be thrilled with their dramatic color all season; starting with its deliciously dark red and burgundy foliage. In spring, Lambrusco is punctuated with delicate yellow flowers.

These high contrast blooms may be small, but they deliver a big visual impact against the dark leaves. Feel good about supporting critical beneficial pollinators in your area.

The old-fashioned Barberry species is regulated in several areas; so Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry™, an online shipping manager for regulated plant materials. Just type in your zip code above the Plant Highlights to see if it can be safely shipped into your area.

Improved cultivars like First Editions Lambrusco Barberry are studied carefully for high performance without hassle. This ornamental plant makes a wonderful specimen, low hedge or mass planting.

Densely held, fine-textured foliage puts on a showy display from spring through fiery fall. Catch the eye with intense red coloration of new leaves in spring.

As the season progresses, you'll start seeing more burgundy overtones that hold true, even in high heat. Once the nights start to cool down for fall for the leaves to regain their bold red hue.

This attractive plant offers outstanding color intensity. Decorate for your season of football watch parties with their saturated hues of their glossy, oval leaves.

Plan for its full height and mature spread. This compact shrub has a lush appearance and foliage that grows all the way to the ground.

No need for a facer in front! In fact, people use these valuable spreaders as a modern edging plant to hide the "leggy" stems of other shrubs.

Once established, Lambrusco is hearty and very low-maintenance with minimal pruning requirements. Water-wise and deer-resistant...this is a perfect choice for wise home-owners and commercial property managers.

With its compact, tight, spreading habit...we'll have a hard time keeping this desirable variety in stock. Place your order for First Editions Lambrusco Barberry today. Salute!

How to Use First Editions Lambrusco Barberry in the Landscape

Use a single plant in a large container as an exceptional specimen. Style them as you like...they work beautifully in Asian-inspired and other chic, streamlined designs.

Run a row of them along the sunny side of a privacy hedge. What could be easier to add dynamic depth of color to mature plantings?

It's so easy to add color to bare ground and create an eye-catching display. Plant Lambrusco three feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Fill in with zigzagging, staggered rows and finish with mulch between plants. Keep new mass plantings of this excellent groundcover weeded as the plants grow together and touch.

Water consistently the first season to establish your Lambrusco in your soil. After that, this durable choice becomes a blissfully waterwise plant for xeriscaped designs...but it does appreciate water during extended droughts!

Make a showy backdrop for smaller perennials...the easy way. Place Lambrusco in the mid-border of mixed garden beds to help anchor the design.

Create a beautiful lawn planting with a grouping of Lambrusco and Groundcover Roses in front. Jazz things up with our expertly shaped Topiary trees at the back and sides.

Urban tolerant and able to withstand road salt, Lambrusco makes a hard-working barrier plant. Their spines help deter unwanted foot traffic; and they'll stay low enough to be used under windows.

In areas with heavy deer pressure, savvy property owners add a gorgeous row of Lambrusco Barberry to protect their landscaping investment. Deer don't prefer these pretty shrubs...but butterflies love them.

#ProPlantTips for Care

They'll do their best with full sun and well-drained soil. For the best foliage color, give them at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.

Water new plantings on a consistent schedule the first year. We do recommend that you give Lambrusco Barberry periodic supplemental water during hot, dry weather.

Mulch helps the root system stay cool, but pull it back to avoid touching the stems directly. Nature Hills Root Booster supports the roots ability to access micronutrients, and it never "wears out".

Prune in early spring to shape. Invest in thick, leather gloves to protect your hands. Apply a slow-release fertilizer at that time, following label directions.

If you live in an area with deer, we recommend you always use Repellent spray on planting day. Reapply according to the directions through the growing season. Don't take chances with hungry deer.

Add rich color to keep your interest all season. Watch each year as the foliage emerges red and deepens to burgundy then fires up again in fall.

Order low-maintenance First Editions Lambrusco Barberry and enjoy years of high impact performance.

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

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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.

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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.

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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® Lambrusco™ Barberry Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'BailElla'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No