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How to Plant and Care for Barberry Shrubs

Barberry Shrubs are a woody, deciduous, deer resistant shrub, known for their attractive foliage and mildly fragrant flowers.

Barberry Bushes do best in well-drained soil, full sun to part shade (about 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily), and are able to tolerate drought for short times once well established. Barberry shrubs do not need a lot of maintenance, but light pruning on occasion to keep its shape is recommended.

How to Plant Your Barberry Shrub

Dig a hole for the shrub. The hole should be about twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball or your shrub's container. Loosen soil at the sides and bottom of the hole with a shovel. Make sure that the shrub is as straight as possible and that the top of the root crown is level with the ground.

Rotate and tilt the shrub in the hole until you are satisfied with its placement. Stand back from the shrub to visually verify placement and adjust as needed. Use the original or prepared soil to fill the hole around the shrub roots. Gently tamp the soil down to remove any air pockets. Finally, water your new shrub and apply 2- to 4-inches of mulch to the base of the shrub to help to retain moisture.