Fireball Barberry
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Fireball Barberry

Fireball 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 'Fireball' (PP #21,100)


These are as thorny as any other barberry, but don’t let that scare you away! Deer-resistant, this fiery red barberry brings a punch of color to any yard. Due to their small stature, it is perfect to intermix in front of a dark backdrop with our other colorful barberries!


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 larger 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--use at your own risk, after your own research. 

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 Hollies. 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: 2'
Mature Width: 2'
Flower Season: Spring
Sun: Full Sun
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Temp (C)
-30 to -20
-34.4 to -28.9
-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.