Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow'


Deciduous Shrub

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.

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.

Description courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Average, Drought-tolerant, Low, Regular / Even


Size: 36 - 72 tall x 48 - 84 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Thorns / Spines

Features: Attracts Birds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Burgundy / Maroon, Pink, Variegated

Bloom Season: Spring

Fruit Description: Red

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Erosion Control, Hedges and Screens, Mixed Border
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Reflected Heat, Tough / Fool-Proof
Wildlife: Deer Resistant, Birds, Rabbit Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Potentially Invasive, Re-seeds in some conditions
Collections: Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low, medium

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