Rosy Glow Barberry

Facts about Planting Rosy Glow Barberry

            Beginner gardeners who wish to add beauty and interest in their landscape or yards through shrubs should take a close look at the rosy glow barberry bush.  An easy shrub to grow, it is a perfect choice for the budding gardener.

            Barberries are a thorny shrub that can be either deciduous or evergreen.  Evergreens hold their foliage throughout the four seasons, while deciduous versions do not. All of the types flower, exhibiting a small yellow flower that do a fair job of blanketing the shrub.  Because of their spiny thorns, barberries are often used as hedge plants; providing a form of protection against thieves as well as animals.

            The rosy glow barberry bush is a slow growing deciduous variety.  It can be grown in either full sun or partial sun, while full exposure provides the best coloration of the variegated leaves.  Purple foliage that displays splashes of pink provide quite an eye catching show in the garden or against the backdrop of the exterior walls of the home.  The mature height of the rosy glow reaches around 3 feet tall, with an almost equal spread to make it a perfectly mounded shrub that will be densely formed.

            Spring seasons encourage the production of small yellow flowers on the rosy glow.  Lasting just about one month, the flowers are a great accompaniment to late blooming tulips and daylilies that may also share the bloom season.  The summer sun brings out the deep green of the foliage, and also sets up the plant for its real show stopping season:  the fall.  A deep red glow that encompasses the entire bush is the reason for the plant’s name, “rosy glow”.

            Planting the rosy glow barberry is a snap for the beginner gardener.  Landscapers and nurseries will generally have the best selection of bushes to ensure you receive a healthy plant.  They are most often planted in containers or pots of various sizes.

            To remove the bush from the container, lay it on its side on the ground.  Gently tap the sides and bottom of the container to loosen the dirt.  Wearing gloves to protect your hands from the sharp thorns of the rosy glow, firmly grasp the stem of the bush near the soil surface.  Carefully pull the root ball from the container.  If the root ball resists, continue tapping the sides of the container gently to loosen.  Once the bush has been removed from the container, the roots should be separated with care.  You are now ready to place the shrub in the ground.

            Prepare the area selected for placement of the plant by digging a hole two times the size of the root ball of the bush.  Add a fertilizer if desired; barberries are well known for their easy adaptability to any type of soil, therefore, fertilizer is not required but can be added if you wish.  A root stabilizer can be helpful in the roots re-establishing in its new home.  Place the root ball upright in the newly dug hole and add the soil around the root ball to secure the bush.  Water the bush well, and mulch around the base.

            Pruning the rosy glow barberry will be needed on a yearly basis to retain an attractive shape.  To ensure new growth, it is best to prune the shrub as soon as it has discontinued flowering.  A rule of thumb for pruning flowering shrubs is to cut back about 1/3 of the growth.  If the barberry shrub is being used as a hedge, uniformity will be an important factor.


First time gardeners who are eager to present a well landscaped yard can begin by adding the rosy glow barberry bush to their landscape.