Admiration Barberry Shrubs

Berberis thunbergii 'Admiration'

You are sure to admire this wonderful brand new barberry plant! Admiration Barberry produces stunning orange-red leaves that are outlined with a bright golden yellow accent edge. Use this shrub as a foundation or as a colorful statement plant in front of darker green shrubs.

Growzone: 5-9

As Low As $28.95
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1 Gallon Pot $28.95

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3 Gallon Pot $64.95
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This Plants Growzone: 5-9
Growing Zone: 5-9
Mature Height: 1.5 to 2.5 feet
Mature Width: 1.5 to 2.5 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved deciduous shrub
Sunlight: Partial to full sun
Habit: Rounded mounding habit
Foliage: Burgundy and yellow margin
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Pruning Season: Best pruned in late winter before new growth emerges to maintain shape
Soil Condition: Any
Water Requirements: Tolerates slightly moist soil and partial shade or full sun. Full sun brings out the best foliage color. Will adapt to drier sites.

Admiration Barberry Shrubs for Sale Online

Admiration Barberry is a strikingly bold shrub that produces red leaves with bold gold edging to accentuate any garden or landscape. They are easy to grow, hearty plants plants that transitions beautifully from Spring to Fall.

  • Coral oval shaped leaves with bright golden outlines
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade
  • Deer resistant
  • To explore other shrub options, visit the Barberry Shrubs page

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Full Description

Admiration Barberry is a shrub that is guaranteed to make you do a double take! Admiration Barberry lives up to its name, producing a truly remarkable color display. Bright red leaves are edged in neon yellow and their color holds well through the summer. This barberry is excellent for mass plantings and stands out as an accent plant. Either way, Admiration Barberry is sure to capture attention!

How to Prune Admiration Barberry Shrubs?

Admiration Barberry Shrubs take to pruning and shearing very well, to either promote good color or maintain a manageable size. Pruning should be done while dormant, in either late winter or VERY early spring before any growth begins. If you prefer a more open and natural form, simply remove up to one third of the branches down to the ground each year or two. By thinning rather than shearing you will have an 3 foot tall and wide, elegant mound of gorgeous deep red foliage.  

How to Fertilize Admiration Barberry Shrubs?

Apply an early spring fertilizer with a product such as Espoma Tree-tone or Plant-tone at the recommended rat. This will give the plant a boost of nitrogen that will be needed for healthy abundant foliage.

What is the Best Mulch for Admiration Barberry Shrubs?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Admiration Barberry Shrubs with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the  mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.

How to Water Admiration Barberry Shrubs?

After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Admiration Barberry a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5, a three gallon pot would be 15, and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.


Planting Information

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Admiration Barberry plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Admiration Barberry to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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