Admiration Barberry
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Admiration Barberry

Admiration Barberry

Gallon Size:
Gallon Size:
  • Young, affordable starter plant
  • May need to be transplanted into 3 gallon pot for more nurturing before planting into landscape
  • Healthy, mature plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape
  • Large healthy plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape

Berberis thunbergii 'Admiration'


Burgundy leaves framed with a golden border adorn this beautiful compact shrub. The 'Admiration' barberry sheds its foliage to reveal eye-catching red stems in the winter. Pest resistant, drought tolerant, and low maintenance, this sturdy addition to your garden does not ask for a lot of attention. Color is best in full sun, and mature size is a manageable 2 by 2 feet tall and wide. Plant this in a low hedge surrounding a vegetable garden to deter deer and rabbits; or intermix this deciduous shrub with an evergreen such as distylium or gardenia to have year-round interest.  The tones of 'Admiration' look lovely planted alongside 'Gold Mop' cypress, 'Blue Star' juniper, or variegated Carex grass, creating a stunning mix of colors and textures.  

Berberis thunbergii, as a species, has edible leaves and berries--both of which are very tart, packing a high vitamin C content as well as having other reported medicinal uses. There is a history of adding barberry fruits (normally the European variety, which is sweeter) to jams. If you don’t want to taste some lemony leaves, you could try your hand at making a yellow dye from the roots or stem trimmings. This ornamental has more than one use!

Joseph's Take

Joseph's Take

I've always used Dwarf Barberry and bright yellow Spirea as accent plants in a larger landscape. I will often plant groups of three to five of them near a sidewalk entrance or near large green Azaleas or Holly.  Both Barberry and Spirea love a hard trimming each winter. I always cut them back by half their size each year as this encourages a more vigorous and beautiful growth habit the following year.

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 3'
Mature Width: 3'
Flower Season: spring
Sun: full sun
Hardiness Zone: 5 to 8
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Temp (C)
-20 to -10
-28.9 to -23.3
-10 to 0
-23.3 to -17.8
0 to 10
-17.8 to -12.2
10 to 20
-12.2 to -6.7

Barberry has really nice fall color as their leaves change.