Red Barberry shrubs are densely growing, rounded thorny flowering shrubs producing red leaves with bright red berries. Red Barberry shrubs are commonly used in hedges, barriers or in groupings. The Barberry Red Berberis thunbergii, is a deciduous flowering shrub reaching up to 5 to 6 feet tall and about 4 to 5 feet wide.
Often called, Japanese Red Barberry, the branches are slender, spiny, and small, and the leaves are roundly oval in a deep red to purple color. The small, yellow flowers blooming beneath leaves, from April to May, are not showy. Bright red berries can be found along stems from late fall through winter. Surprisingly the berries are not considered as a feature of this plant.
Red Barberry bushes perform best when located in full sun. They tolerant of many types of soil, but will not do well in wet to very moist soils. Barberry makes an excellent deterrent hedge or filler shrub and is easily transplanted as a bare root plant. As hedge plants the Red Barberry about 3 to 4 feet apart. Barberry has moderate water requirements and moderate tolerance to salt and alkali soils.