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Korean Barberry Berberis koreana

Phonetic Spelling
ber-BER-is kor-ee-AH-nah
Description

Deciduous shrub from Korea which is drought tolerant and grows in a wide range of conditions except for wet ones, with yellow flowers, red berries and good fall color. Spreads by suckers and can form thickets and is considered invasive in some states. Easy to transplant and seldom damaged by deer. Light pruning may be needed to maintain a good shape. Handle with care- many spines present!

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red Tears'
    Leaves light green in summer, rich reddish purple in fall, arching branches, 6' high, rich red fruits in 4'' long clusters.
'Red Tears'
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#partial shade#drought tolerant#perennial#shrub#weedy#berries#spines#borders
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red Tears'
    Leaves light green in summer, rich reddish purple in fall, arching branches, 6' high, rich red fruits in 4'' long clusters.
'Red Tears'
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#partial shade#drought tolerant#perennial#shrub#weedy#berries#spines#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Berberis
    Species:
    koreana
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Korea
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Dense
    Multi-stemmed
    Oval
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Spines
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Small, waxy, egg-shaped, bright red berries in fall and winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small yellow flowers in hanging clusters in mid-spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, medium to dark green leaves; 1 to 3 in. long; rounded apex; spines on leaf margins; red-purple fall color
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Buds:
    Smooth/Hairless
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Reddish stems densely armed with short spines
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Security
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt
    Problems:
    Problem for Children
    Weedy