|Deciduous shrub with slender, spiny, branches, and small, roundly, oval leaves. Overall form is fountain-like, becoming broader than tall with age. Small, yellow flowers borne beneath leaves, from April to May, not showy.
Bright red berries can be found along stems from late fall through winter. Ironically, this is never really consided a feature of this plant. Many different cultivars of this plant, colors ranging from lime green to burgandy (most common). Variety atropurpurea most common, with 'Crimson Pygmy' being the most popular Japanese Barberry Selection. Best located in full sun, this plant is tolerant of many types of soil, but will not do well in wet to very moist soils. As name Barberry implies, this makes an excellent hedge or filler shrub.