First Editions® Moscato™ Barberry Bush

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We're excited to grow and deliver another fine vintage from the world-famous Bailey plant scientists! First Editions® Moscato™ Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'BailAnna') is just as bright, light, and refreshing as its namesake.

This petite, spreading accent shrub brings a happy look to any sunny spot! You'll appreciate its neon green leaves all season. The foliage is especially showy as a springtime appetizer to start your season off right! The glossy, oval foliage emerges lime green and is edged with a tropical hint of orangey peach.

No wonder designers love to use Moscato™ Barberry as a compact, durable option in cold winter zones. That zippy intensity of color is so welcome after the dreary season is finally finished. Delicate yellow flowers are a pretty addition in the spring. You'll also be glad to support local butterflies and beneficial pollinators with the plentiful nectar developed on this impactful foliage plant.

Grow your own Moscato™ for a full, rounded shrub or low yet wide-spreading groundcover. The beautifully lustrous foliage is held all the way to the ground for an impeccable appearance.

Although this is an improved "right-sized" cultivar, Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry™ to block the sale of regulated plant materials and protect our precious ecosystem. Type in your zip code to see if there are federal or state plant regulations in your area regarding Barberry. If we can ship First Editions® Moscato™ Barberry to you, rest assured that these fabulous foliage shrubs are extensively studied in the field for reliable performance.

Landscape Application:

These versatile, cold-hardy small shrubs enliven the look of mature landscaping in need of a little "perk me up". Create a new definition of formal with this exceptionally colorful variety!

Easy-living Moscato™ Barberry can be imagined as a colorful alternative to Boxwood. Use these to make an open rectangle to border annual bedding plants that will coordinate with their electric orange fall color. Or, develop an impactful garden feature by using Butterfly Bushes to fill the center instead! Use these sun-lovers across your landscape plans to smoothly bring all the elements together.

As a hard-working ornamental, Moscato™ can line each of your sunny mixed shrub borders for show-off style without fuss. Rely on their performance to help you put the fun back into your weekends. You can even keep them as a special specimen in large containers!

Any way you use Moscato™, you'll create a lot of excitement in your landscape for very little in return. Frankly, nothing could be easier to grow and maintain! Moscato™ Barberry is blissfully easy-care...a perfect choice for wise gardeners and commercial property owners. Add definition to your yard...the easy way!

Create a solid hedge or mass planting by planting them 18-24 inches apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Expand it by adding additional rows in a staggered, zigzagging planting pattern. Consider using a double row of Moscato™ to pump up their visual impact and add a very attractive, polished finish to new plantings.

Plant them where your guests will notice their interesting peachy color when the leaves emerge. Just provide three feet of clearance between the center of the shrub and the sidewalk to avoid snagging the clothes with the spines.

Yes, these beautiful Barberry shrubs have sharp spines! Use them to your advantage as a barrier plant under windows or across the corner of your lawn or commercial property. Protect more vulnerable plants from deer with a wide border of Moscato™ Barberry in a "living fence". Use them as part of an integrated system, including regular applications of repellent spray!

Urban tolerant and able to withstand road salt, once established, Moscato™ is hardy and very low-maintenance with minimal pruning requirements. Water-wise, this is a perfect choice for wise homeowners and commercial property managers alike. This durable choice becomes a blissfully drought-tolerant plant for xeriscaped designs, Rock Gardens, and even Firewise landscaping defense plans!

  • Showy Peachy-Orange New Spring Growth
  • Outstanding Citrusy Lime Green Foliage With Orange Margins
  • Sweet Yellow Blooms Provide Nectar for Pollinators
  • Low-Growing Dense Spreading Shrub
  • Eye-Catching Orange Fall Color
  • Cute Accent & Container Plant - Perfect Size for Small Space Gardens
  • Low Borders, Edging, Specimens & Groundcover

#ProPlantTips for Care

Provide at least six hours of direct sunlight a day for the best coloration throughout USDA planting zones 4 to 7. Well-drained soil is best, so elevate the planting to improve drainage if you have soggy soil. Give new plantings a consistent schedule of water the first year using the Finger Test daily. Thereafter, Moscato™ Barberry becomes waterwise, although it appreciates supplemental water during drought conditions.

Add a three-inch layer of arborist mulch to keep the root system cool, but be sure to pull it away from directly touching the stems. We recommend Nature Hills Root Booster during planting, as this time-tested formula helps feeder roots access micronutrients over the entire lifespan of your plant.

Shape with light pruning in early spring, wearing thick gloves to protect your hands. Apply organic, slow-release fertilizer formula at that time, following directions on the label.

You'll savor the unique beauty of Moscato™ Barberry for many, many years with proper care. Once established in your landscape...these pint-sized powerhouses tolerate drought and urban conditions.

Deer are rarely an issue unless desperate. However, if you live in an area with high deer pressure, we recommend you always use Repellent spray starting from day one. Reapply according to the directions through the growing season. Don't take chances with hungry deer.

  • Full Sun Shrubs
  • Well-Drained Slightly Acidic Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Drought Resistant Once Established
  • Prune In Spring - Blooms On Old Wood
  • Salt/Saline & Urban Pollution Tolerant & Deer Leave This Selection Alone

You'll fall in love with the sweet nature, high performance, and sassy, spritely color of these marvelous shrubs. Order enough First Editions® Moscato™ Barberry Bush to complete your entire project today! But hurry, as they are in high demand at!

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™

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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.

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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® Moscato™ Barberry Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'BailAnna'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Yellow, Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering