|Deciduous shrub with red to purple foliage reaching up to 5' tall and about as wide. This cultivar has slender, spiny, branches, and small, roundly, oval leaves. Habit is upright when young, getting more open 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.
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.