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    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry

    Berberis thunbergii 'Bailone'

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    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Bailone') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry

    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Bailone') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry foliage

    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry foliage

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  3 feet

    Spread:  3 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  4a

    Description:

    A well-shaped mound of purple foliage all summer long, turning to brilliant red in fall; very showy, great as a color contrast in the landscape

    Ornamental Features

    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy red drupes carried in abundance from early to late fall. It has attractive brick red foliage throughout the season. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It has clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring, which are interesting on close inspection.

    Landscape Attributes

    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

    This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, 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

    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Groundcover

    Planting & Growing

    Ruby Carousel Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

    This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. 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
    Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color 
    Ornamental Features

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