Admiration Barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Admiration’)

Admiration Barberry

  • Red Foliage with Yellow Margins
  • Ovular Leaves
  • Dwarf Variety, Stays Compact
  • High-Gloss Foliage
  • Low-Maintenance

A ray of ravishing beauty, health, and unlimited landscaping potential: The Admiration Barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Admiration’) is an award-winning shrub that will light up your garden with its uniquely brilliant foliage and attractive compact form. This dwarf and colorful shrub makes a wonderful low-maintenance choice for a wide array of garden uses.

The Admiration Barberry is luminescent and highly ornamental. It bursts with cranberry-red foliage with striking yellow-green margins and a high-gloss sheen, this shrub offers color and interest that lights up the landscape. This barberry’s leaves are ovular and graphic. They transform from a bright crimson to a deep red-violet throughout the growing season.

You can expect the Admiration Barberry to light up with petite, cherry-red berries in the fall and precious pink to yellow blooms through summer and into fall.

With a compact, mounding form, the Admiration Barberry makes a delightful and manageable choice as a front border, small colorful accent, or a foundation planting that pops. You can also use these vibrant shrubs as a low hedge that thrives on slopes and embankments. Best of all, the Admiration Barberry doesn’t grow above knee-height and grows at a slow rate, making it easy to maintain, rarely needing shaping or trimming.

Your Admiration Barberry will do best with full sun, can tolerate partial shade but the foliage color will not be quite as brilliantly colored. It also prefers well-drained soil. This is a set-it-and-forget-it shrub that rarely needs to be watered after getting established.

Are you looking for a highly colorful shrub that will warrant the admiration of neighbors and garden on-lookers? The Admiration Barberry is ready to light up your garden and earn your admiration.

Admiration Barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Admiration’) Details

Common name Admiration Barberry
Botanical name Berberis thunbergii 'Admiration'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-8
Growth rate Slow
Height 12 - 18 inches
Width 18 - 24 inches
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Yellow
Leaf color Purple Red