Common Name: rose glow Japanese barberry
Origin/Ecology: Native to Japan, garden origin.
Habit: Spiny-stemmed suckering deciduous shrub to about 1 or 2 m tall. Stems arching, secondary branches arising in the second year.
Leaves: Obovate to elliptic leaves, purple, stippled and streaked with creamy white blotches especially when expanding.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers in loose, hanging inflorescences in spring on secondary and higher order branches, followed by bright red lozenge-shaped berries in summer or fall.
Bark: Spiny stipules.
Water Use, Soil: Moderately drought tolerant but prefers moist, well-drained soil.
Exposure: Moderately shade tolerant but best in sunny position.
Landscape Uses: Security/barrier, hedge row, group or mass planting.
Other Features: Cultivars are available in a wide variety of leaf colours and sizes (dwarf, medium and large). Species is highly invasive in eastern North America, but not here.