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Cherry Bomb Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Monomb'

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Cherry Bomb Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Monomb') at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Cherry Bomb Barberry

Cherry Bomb Barberry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cherry Bomb Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Monomb') at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Cherry Bomb Barberry foliage

Cherry Bomb Barberry foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Japanese Barberry

Description:

Compact shrub with striking burgundy-red leaves and brilliant scarlet fall color; this spiny shrub can be used in a hedge as a deterrant to tresspassers; best color in full sun

Ornamental Features

Cherry Bomb Barberry is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy scarlet drupes carried in abundance from early to late fall. It has attractive burgundy foliage which emerges red in spring. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. It features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring.

Landscape Attributes

Cherry Bomb 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

Cherry Bomb Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Cherry Bomb Barberry will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 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 xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. 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.

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


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