|Compact deciduous shrub with slender, spiny, branches, and small, roundly, oval leaves. Grown for autumn color. Overall form is fountain-like, becoming broader than tall with age, reaching 4' tall and about 5' wide. Small, yellow flowers borne beneath leaves, from April to May, not showy.
Bright red berries fruit freely and 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.