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Toscana™ Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'BailJulia'

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Toscana Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'BailJulia') at Minor's Garden Center

Toscana™ Barberry

Toscana™ Barberry

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Toscana Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'BailJulia') at Minor's Garden Center

Toscana™ Barberry

Toscana™ Barberry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  First Editions Toscana Barberry

Group/Class:  First Editions Series

Brand:  First Editions


Stunning red emerging foliage with fine, bright yellow margins that eventually fade in summer, but the foliage remains red; red color darkens in fall, and takes on burgundy tones ; a great landscape specimen, or garden accent

Ornamental Features

Toscana™ Barberry has attractive red foliage edged in yellow which emerges scarlet in spring on a plant with an arching habit of growth. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of dark red and in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Toscana™ Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Toscana™ Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Toscana™ Barberry will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Toscana™ Barberry makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Sizes Available:

12" #2 Cont $35.99

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features