Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Rose Glow’

variegated Japanese barberry

Outstanding Qualities

This fast-growing, compact shrub bursts out in new growth each spring with deep burgundy leaves splashed in candy-pink and vanilla. This colorful show lasts through the growing season and end in fall with an autumn color of bright red, orange and golden yellow. ‘Rose Glow’ has pale yellow flowers that hide among the leaves in mid-spring followed by bright red fruits that hang on bare branches into winter.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Cotinus ’Grace’, Helleborus x sternii, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’, Spiraea japonica ‘Walbuma’ MAGIC CARPET®

Great Color Contrasts: gold, blue, white

Great Color Partners: pink, bronze, purple

Culture Notes

This colorful barberry has it brightest foliage in full sun to light shade. It prefers a well-drained soil and will tolerate sandy and clay sites. Once established it will only need occasional watering during dry weather, although in sandy soils regular watering may be necessary to prevent drought damage. Deciduous barberries can become congested over time. Manage their growth by removing inward-growing or crossing branches and a few of the oldest and most twiggy branches during the winter. Avoid planting it where its thorns can catch litter from overhead trees.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering