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Rosy Glow Barberry
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Rosy Glow Barberry says “Keep out” in the nicest possible way! This dense-growing Accent is armed with tons of slender thorns, but the prickles are hidden beneath gorgeous, glossy foliage. The leaves emerge marbled with hot pink and creamy white streaks; they eventually become a deep crimson-purple color. Use this feisty beauty around ground-level windows to deter intruders, or plant it alongside landscape beds to prevent pets and people from stepping on your flowers. Deer don’t like the unfriendly thorns, so they tend to leave it alone, too.
Japanese Barberry is known for its thorny branches, which make it useful for planting where you want to keep out intruders. Deer and rabbits likewise tend to avoid it, preferring to munch on less challenging menu items. What is really exciting about Japanese Barberry, though, is the bountiful variety of sizes, shapes, and colors it now comes in. It has come a long way from the plain green type normally found in the wild! Rosy Glow originated around 1957 at Spaargen & Sons Nursery in the Netherlands. You may also see it listed as ‘Rose Glow’ Barberry.
Supremely adaptable, Rosy Glow Barberry has become a popular item across the country. This rugged Accent is equally at home in the frigid North (it tolerates lows to -30ºF) and in the steamy South.
How to Grow
Grow Rosy Glow Barberry in full sun to bring out its richest colors. Shade will make the leaves turn green. Choose a site where the soil drains freely, as this plant will not tolerate “wet feet.” It needs regular water during the establishment period, but will be quite drought tolerant after that. Prune as needed to keep stray branches from spoiling the tidy appearance of this formal element. Japanese Barberries have become invasive in some states. Check with your nearest extension office if you have questions about the status of Barberries in your area.
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