Gardening Questions And Answers
What Is Barberry? Barberries have dazzling foliage that can be either a vivid green or span the entire spectrum of fall colors in season; red, orange, and burgundy are popular color options available for growing in home gardens. The shrubs usually produce yellow or orange flowers, and waxy purple or red berries.
The most common wilt to affect barberry shrubs is verticillium wilt. This soilborne fungal disease causes leaves to yellow, scorch, wilt and drop prematurely. Because it is passed through the soil, you shouldn’t plant another susceptible plant at the location where a barberry shrub has died from this disease.
Barberry growing in pots appreciate a moist, but well-drained soil. Constantly soggy soil can and often will cause root rot or other harmful or deadly plant diseases. Therefore, we recommend a container with drainage holes and a quality potting soil or potting mix, or a 50/50 combination thereof, for planting.
Barberry bushes (Berberis) are fairly hardy shrubs, and usually do well in winter. A bit of pre-winter watering and the construction of a temporary shelter are typically all that’s needed for proper winter care. Barberries are generally hardy in United States Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 4 to 8.
The fungus Phytophthora attacks the roots of barberry plants, causing stunted, wilted and discolored leaves that drop from the branches prematurely. Root rot is generally caused by poorly drained soil. Ensuring the red barberry is planted in moist but not soggy soil that is also well drained will keep root rot at bay.
Growing barberry bushes is easy and many city dwellers choose this shrub type due to its ability to tolerate urban conditions much better than other varieties of landscape shrubs. Barberries like full sun or partial shade and are very adaptable to a wide range of soil types as long as it drains well.