|Compact, deciduous shrub reaching 12" tall and about 16" wide. Foliage is deep red to purple. Branches are slender, spiny, and small. Leaves are roundly oval leaves. 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 considered 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.