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Kobold Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Kobold'

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Kobold Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Kobold'

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*This variety produces little or no viable seed, so it cannot become invasive. It is safe to grow even where Berberis is restricted.

The Kobold Barberry is the perfect dome of green that every garden needs. It forms a compact mound of stems and leaves no more than 2 feet tall and wide, staying neat and tidy without needing any trimming. The new growth is bright green, turning to a rich dark green for summer. Fall leaves are yellow with flashes of red. Some yellow flowers form in spring on this deciduous shrub, but berries and seeds are almost never seen. The perfect plant to cool down your colorful shrub and flower display, and form a calm planting in the front of your beds, accents, or edging. Grows well in container boxes and planters as well.

  • Neat mound of soft green leaves
  • Ideal for foreground planting, edging and containers
  • Needs no trimming to form a neat dome
  • Leaves turn yellow and red in fall
  • Safe, no-seeding variety can be grown anywhere

The Kobold Barberry will grow best in full sun, but a little shade will be tolerated. It is very tough even in zone 4 and in all but the very hottest zones. It grows in almost any soil that isn’t wet, including rocky soils, sands and gravels, urban soils and clay soils as well. Pests, diseases, rabbits and deer ignore it and trimming is only needed if you are fanatically neat.

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