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    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry

    Berberis thunbergii 'Royal Cloak'

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    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Royal Cloak') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry foliage

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry foliage

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Royal Cloak') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Royal Cloak') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry flowers

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  5 feet

    Spread:  5 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  4a

    Description:

    A showy, fast growing variety with extra large burgundy, velvety foliage on a fountain like form; a great backdrop to brightly colored plants; effective as a hedge or barrier

    Ornamental Features

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry has attractive burgundy foliage throughout the season. The large oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

    This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Spiny

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Accent
    • Mass Planting
    • Hedges/Screening
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Royal Cloak Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

    This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
    Applications
    Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
    Ornamental Features

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