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Admiration Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Admiration'

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Admiration Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Admiration') at Minor's Garden Center

Admiration Japanese Barberry foliage

Admiration Japanese Barberry foliage

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Admiration Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Admiration') at Minor's Garden Center

Admiration Japanese Barberry

Admiration Japanese Barberry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a


A well-shaped mound of yellow edged red to burgundy foliage all summer long, turning to brilliant red in fall; very showy, great as a color contrast in the landscape; plant on slopes, in beds, as border

Ornamental Features

Admiration Japanese Barberry has attractive dark red foliage edged in yellow which emerges scarlet in spring on a plant with a round habit of growth. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Admiration 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 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

Admiration Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Admiration Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. 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 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 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.

Sizes Available:

8" $19.99 / 12" $35.99 / 15" $39.99

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