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Sunjoy Mini Maroon® Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'NCBT1'

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Sunjoy Mini Maroon Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'NCBT1') at Minor's Garden Center

Sunjoy Mini Maroon® Japanese Barberry foliage

Sunjoy Mini Maroon® Japanese Barberry foliage

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Group/Class:  Proven Winners Series

Brand:  Proven Winners


This compact dwarf is a well-shaped mound of brick red newer foliage that matures to deep purple-red; grown primarily for foliage; a great color contrast in the landscape; plant on slopes, in beds, or as a border; a sterile and non-invasive variety

Ornamental Features

Sunjoy Mini Maroon® Japanese Barberry has attractive burgundy deciduous foliage which emerges brick red in spring on a plant with a round habit of growth. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of plum purple and in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Sunjoy Mini Maroon® Japanese Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. 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

Sunjoy Mini Maroon® Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sunjoy Mini Maroon® Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. 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.

Sunjoy Mini Maroon® Japanese 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:

15" #2 Cont. $35.99, 18" #3 Cont. $37.99

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features