Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Rose Glow Japanese Barberry

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Plant Information

  • Scientific Name: Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Rose Glow' Play audio of plant name
  • Parent: Berberis thunbergii
  • Related Cultivars:

    Berberis thunbergii 'kobald'
    Berberis thunbergii 'Thornless'
    Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea
    Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Crimson Pygmy'
    Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Intermedia'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 4-5'
  • Habit: Rounded
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable, tolerates dry conditions. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    Selected for bright rose colored new growth with irregular patches of purple and white which matures to a deep purple.  This species has become an invasive weed and is now prohibited in many areas:

    In Wisconsin this plant is regulated as a Restricted Invasive weed that cannot be transported, transferred, or introduced without a permit.  To view the complete regulation see: Wisconsin Invasive species rule – NR 40

    In Minnesota this plant is regulated as a Specially Regulated plant and shall be handled, controlled or eradicated according to specified regulation.  To view the complete regulation see Minnesota Noxious Weed Law

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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