Love watching the deer but hate when they plow down your garden when your back is turned? Barberry plants are truly deer resistant due to their sharp spikes (Barrs) that run up and down their branches.
‘Rose Glow’ is a dense, deciduous cultivar that grows 3′-6′ tall and about 4′ wide. So this hardy plant makes a great hedgerow or is used in a garden for a pop of every changing color. First leaves are purple, but new shoots emerge as a rose-pink with bronzish to purplish-red hues. In addition, this variety of Barberry sometimes called a Japanese Bare Berry also has bead-like, bright red berries which form in fall and often last through the winter. The berries are attractive to birds.
The Berberis Thunbergii Barberry is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but performs best with full sun. This is a very adaptable shrub that is tolerant of urban conditions. Plants also tolerate heat and drought but are generally intolerant of poorly-drained, wet soils. Ideally, these purple delights should be watered weekly or more often in extreme heat.
Plants spread slowly by creeping roots and can also spread by self-seeding (birds will eat the fruits and distribute the seed). Plant branches may root where they touch the ground.
Fun Fact: This plant can be found in 31 states and four Canadian provinces!