|Deciduous shrub with red to purple foliage and slender, spiny, branches. Leaves are small, and roundly oval. Overall form is upright when young, becoming 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.