Warty Barberry

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Secure a Garden Story Warty Barberry

  • Thorny Shrub Protects Your Property
  • Good-Looking Foliage with Tight, Evergreen Structure
  • Green, Glossy Leaves are Spiny-Toothed and Silvery Underneath
  • Densely Held Branches Sweep Sideways, Down and Out
  • Fragrant Yellow Flowers Decorate in Springtime
  • Mounded Habit
  • Songbirds Enjoy Their Shelter and Black Berries in Fall
  • Useful Evergreen Shrub
  • Deer and Disease Resistant

Want to keep people off your property, or deter illegal entrance under your windows? Get a Doberman, and order some Warty Barberry (Berberis verruculosa) from Nature Hills.

Their sharp thorns make a very effective barrier hedge. But Warty Barberry also has a handsome charm.

The spiny little evergreen leaves are quite attractive. This is a Barberry, after all, of the best foliage shrubs on the market.

Each leaf is Lustrous green on top. They are all highlighted with a silvery sheen on the bottom, which catches the sun, as well.

Fragrant yellow blooms are sprinkled under the branches in springtime. And the branches look great all year-long!

The leaves burnish to a deep purple for fall color. And the yellow blooms of spring develop into glossy, black berries beloved by the birds.

This shrub has a fantastically formal shape with a heaping helping of personality. Perhaps they'll tickle your fancy with their whimsical higgelty-piggelty, downward-sweeping short branches.

These are tough shrubs that are used on commercial properties. They also be used at your home at the property line and underneath windows.

Finally, you'll be able to stop people from cutting across your lawn. Add a few thorny Roses and you'll keep the neighbors happy, too.

Please note, we use Plant Sentry to abide by every federal and local regulation for plant materials. In some areas, Barberry does "too well" and we can't ship to you. Type in your zip code above the Plant Highlights to check.

These professional-grade plants are grown with pride by our expert growers. Order Warty Barberry from Nature Hills today.

How to Use Warty Barberry in the Landscape

Direct traffic and protect your property with this variety. The very sharp thorns of Warty Barberry make a great deterrent under windows and at your property line.

If your security planting needs to look good, toopair it with taller Rugosa Roses for rugged elegance, fragrance and style. Add in some of the other Barberry shrubs and you'll create a barrier planting that is no joke.

Use these special rounded shrubs as a noteworthy partner for other plants, as well. Like a great supporting actor, Warty Barberry will draw out the best performance from the "superstars" of the plant world.

Take a look at your view from your deck or patio. Do you see mature evergreen trees that frankly need a boost of visual appeal?

Create an island garden bed in between the deck and your trees. Space the new bed about 15 feet away from the trees. Curve it or use a classic kidney shape.

If you'll have full sun all day long, use plants like tall Ornamental Grasses and Warty Barberry to anchor the bed. Give ole' Warty Barberry enough room to grow to its full height and spread.

Next, add David Viburnum, Baptisia or Landscape Roses into the mix. You'll adore the contrasting appeal of a flowering shrub in your design! Finally, fill in with mounded, flowering perennials or small shrubs like Lavender, Spirea or Bluebeard.

For partial shade positions that receive at least four hours of sunshine a day; switch gears to include flowering Hydrangeas and the colorful Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo. Mulch it all well using decorative wood mulch.

Add a large boulder or two, if you'd like. Pop in a bird bath or garden sculpture that works with your style.

Could there be an easier garden feature? Spend good times with your friends and family on the deck, and be happy showcasing your landscape. Only you'll know how easy it is.

Can you imagine the visual contrast of a short row of personality-plus of Warty Barberry behind a stand of beautiful, modern Landscape Roses? You'll tell such an interesting garden story that will never become staid or boring.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Warty Barberry performs well in either full sun or partial shade. Give it at least four hours of sun a day.

It also requires well-drained soils. Create a raised planting bed, or berm if your soil holds water a long time.

Prune in late winter, if you ever need to. Wear thick, leather gloves before working with Barberry. Use a long-handled lopper, and try to remove all the branches and twigs that fall.

In early spring, apply an acidic plant fertilizer formula. Follow label directions. We like to encourage the use of pine bark or pine straw mulch to help keep the soil slightly acidic.

Water your plant regularly. Protect your investment with supplemental water in prolonged drought.

Warty Barberry can protect your home or business. It can also show off its natural, charming foliage and unique branch pattern as a hard-working backdrop for showier plants. Order 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

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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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Warty Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Berberis verruculosa
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No