Royal Burgundy® Barberry

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Add some royalty to your landscape with the Royal Burgundy® Barberry bush (Berberis thunbergii 'Gentry')! This petite mounding version of this garden stalwart has small soft leaves emerging in crimson red before aging to a lush purple red that holds their color all summer without fading, burning, or wavering in the slightest!

Forming a low but wide spreading mounded shrub with an ornamental form, the brilliant colored leaves present a fine texture and plenty of color to the sun garden. Cold and heat-hardy throughout USDA planting zones 4 to 7, these colorful deciduous shrubs turn darker in the fall - transforming into a ravishing black-red.

It is a perfect habitat plant and blends into wildlife-friendly or natural gardens, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies to the darling little yellow blossoms, and later berries that songbirds will snap up! It is even beautiful in containers, both in leaf and out of season, when the berries shine on the bare stems.

Planting and Application:

Barberry is one of those specimen plants that should be in every garden. Versatile, easy, hardy, and colorful, it's hard to find another plant with so many uses! In some locations of the country, Barberry does a bit "too well". Find out if you can safely include these colorful shrubs in your landscape by typing in your zip code in our Hardiness Zone Finder, located above the Plant Highlights to find out, or contact your local County Extension Office for more information.

This burgundy shrub makes a great edging plant and adds interest to your front foundation. Planted in mass or long backdrops and hedges, Royal Burgundy® creates big splashes of color and easily stands up to pollution.

Royal Burgundy® is also perfect for formal gardens or Asian-inspired landscaping and looks great reflected in a pool, off-setting evergreens, and shrubs with chartreuse foliage! It will cascade over rocks and spill over retaining walls, while It nuzzles up to landscape boulders and softens the hard edges of concrete walks!

Its richly-colored leaves will flesh out foundation plantings without blocking your view. It plays well with others and mixes right into existing borders and beds! Create a privacy screening hedge that few want to tangle with! Try planting a few beneath first-story windows to boost your home's security in a passive and pretty manner!

  • Red New Growth & Purplish-Red Foliage
  • Rounded Spreading Form
  • Bright Yellow Blossoms In Spring For Pollinators
  • Dramatic Fall Color & Red Berries For Birds
  • Hedges, Backdrops, Barrier Plantings & Focal Points

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This Barberry will have the best coloration in full sun. Highly adaptable to any type of well-drained soil, plant with Nature Hills Root Booster in a slightly acidic location and ensure a consistent watering schedule for new plants. Try using the Finger Test to make sure you don't let new installations dry out. Once established Barberry is quite drought-tolerant! Provide a nice 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch to protect the top of the roots. You can let it grow freely or prune or shear after flowering.

  • Great Color In Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture & Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Low-Maintenance - Prune After Flowering If Needed
  • Deer & Drought Tolerant

Outstanding regal color, ornamental form, and a hardy work ethic - order the Royal Burgundy® Barberry from! Order without worry when you buy from! We follow all federal and state regulations to the letter. In fact, we've invested in the Green Industry's premier regulation software, Plant Sentry™. That system blocks the shipment of all invasive pests and plant material from entering your state.

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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Royal Burgundy® Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Gentry'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 1 - 2 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering