Berberis julianae

wintergreen barberry

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  • © - Wouter Hagen

Outstanding Qualities

Wintergreen barberry is one of the best formidable hedge plants you can find. The leathery, dark-green foliage hides the sharp thorny-stems that knit together to form an impenetrable barrier. This evergreen shrub is tough, drought tolerant and withstands poor soils. In the fall, the older interior leaves turn bright red, giving it a pleasing autumn color. In winter the remaining foliage deepens to tones of burgundy. In spring, small lemon-yellow flowers dangle in clusters throughout the plant.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Seasonal Interest: bronzy red fall color and blue-black fruit

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’, Ilex aquifolium ‘Ferox Argentea’, Parthenocissus henryana, Sambucus nigra ‘Gerda’ BLACK BEAUTY™

Great Color Contrasts: red, purple, white

Great Color Partners: green, bronze

Culture Notes
This large evergreen barberry will maintain its most compact form and flower best in full sun to light shade. It will tolerate open or dappled shade but will have fewer flowers and a more open habit. It prefers a well-drained soil and will tolerate sandy and clay sites. Once established it is drought tolerant. Wintergreen barberry will respond well to pruning and shearing and can create a very dense hedge over time. Pruning can be done in the winter and shearing can be done in early summer and fall.