First Editions Moscato Barberry Bush (Berberis thunbergii ‘BailAnna’)

First Editions Moscato Barberry Bush

  • Outstanding Citrusy Accent
  • Spring Tonic Features Lime Green Foliage With Orange Margins
  • Sweet Yellow Blooms Provide Nectar for Pollinators
  • Eye-Catching Orange Fall Color
  • Perfect Size for Small Space Garden
  • Cute Accent and Edging
  • Grow as a Container “Thriller”
  • Lush, Petite Shrub
  • Dense Growth
  • Low-Growing, Rounded Shrub
  • Fits Easily in Smaller Spaces
  • Deer Leave This Selection Alone
  • Drought Resistant Once Established
  • Urban Tolerant

We’re excited to grow and deliver another fine vintage from the world-famous Bailey plant scientists! First Editions® Moscato™ Barberry (Berberis thunbergii BailAnna’) is just as bright and light as its namesake.

This petite, spreading accent shrub brings a happy look in any sunny spot. You’ll appreciate it’s neon green leaves all season.

The foliage is especially showy as a springtime appetizer to start your season off right! The glossy, oval foliage emerges lime green and is edged with a tropical hint of orangey-peach.

No wonder designers love to use Moscato Barberry as a compact, durable option in cold winter zones. That zippy intensity of color is so welcome after the dreary season is finally finished.

Frankly, nothing could be easier to grow and maintain! Moscato Barberry is blissfully easy-care…a perfect choice for wise gardeners and commercial property owners. Add definition to your yard…the easy way. These versatile, cold-hardy small shrubs enliven the look of mature landscaping in need of a little “perk me up”.

Grow it in containers, or create low hedges. Either way, you’ll create a lot of excitement in your landscape for very little in return.

Delicate yellow flowers are a pretty addition. You’ll also be glad to support local butterflies and beneficial pollinators with the plentiful nectar developed on this impactful foliage plant.

Although this is an improved “right-sized” cultivar, Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry™ to block the sale of regulated plant materials and protect our precious ecosystem. Type in your zip code to see if there are federal or state plant regulations in your area.

If we can ship First Editions Moscato Barberry to you, rest assured. These fabulous foliage shrubs are extensively studied in the field for reliable performance.

Grow your own Moscato for a full, rounded shrub or low hedge. The beautifully lustrous foliage is held all the way to the ground for an impeccable appearance.

Create a new definition of formal with this exceptionally colorful variety. You’ll savor the unique beauty of Moscato Barberry for many, many years with proper care.

Once established in your landscape…these pint-sized powerhouses tolerate drought and urban conditions. Butterflies love them, but deer tend to leave them alone!

How to Use First Editions Moscato Barberry in the Landscape

Easy-living Moscato Barberry can be imagined as a colorful alternative to Boxwood. Use these sun-lovers across your landscape plans to smoothly bring all the elements together.

As a hard-working ornamental, Moscato can line each of your sunny mixed shrub borders for show-off style without fuss. Rely on their performance to help you put the fun back in your weekends.

Create a solid hedge by planting them 20 inches apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next

Expand it by adding additional rows in a staggered, zigzagging planting pattern. Consider using a double row of Moscato to pump up their visual impact and add a very attractive, polished finish to new plantings.

Use these to make a hollow rectangle to border annual bedding plants that will coordinate with their electric orange fall color. Or…develop an impactful garden feature by using Buzz® Butterfly Bushes to fill the center instead!

Rip out overgrown foundation shrubs and start again. Put the emphasis back on your home with this outstanding smaller selection.

Plant them where your guests will notice their interesting peachy color when the leaves emerge. Just provide three feet of clearance between the center of the shrub and the sidewalk to avoid snagging the clothes with the spines.

Yes, these beautiful Barberry shrubs have sharp spines. Use them to your advantage as a barrier plant under windows or across the corner of your lawn or commercial property.

You can even keep them as a special specimen in large containers. Partner their citrusy foliage with Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemon trees and Bearss Lime trees in a fun-loving, curated collection!

Protect more vulnerable plants from deer with a wide border of Moscato Barberry in a “living fence”. Use them as part of an integrated system, including regular applications of repellent spray!

Tips for Care

Provide at least six hours of direct sunlight a day for the best coloration. Well-drained soil is best; elevate the planting to improve drainage.

Give new plantings a consistent schedule of water the first year. Thereafter, Moscato Barberry becomes waterwise…although it appreciates supplemental water during drought conditions.

Add a three-inch layer of mulch to keep the root system cool, but be sure to pull it away from directly touching the stems. We recommend Nature Hills Root Booster during planting, as this time-tested formula helps feeder roots access micronutrients over the entire lifespan of your plant.

Shape with light pruning in early spring, wearing thick gloves to protect your hands. Apply organic, slow-release fertilizer formula at that time, following directions on the label.

You’ll fall in love with the sweet nature, high performance and sassy, spritely color of these marvelous shrubs.

First Editions Moscato Barberry Bush (Berberis thunbergii ‘BailAnna’) Details

Common name First Editions Moscato Barberry Bush
Botanical name Berberis thunbergii 'BailAnna'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-7
Growth rate Medium
Height 2 - 3 ft.
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Yellow