Rose Glow Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow'

11 Reviews

Rose Glow Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow'

11 Reviews


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Rose Glow Japanese Barberry combines rich purple foliage on its purple-red stems with rose-pink mottled leaves on the young growth. This combination of vibrant colors make this plant one of the most dramatic and colorful shrubs available. When this is combined with hardiness, freedom from pests, drought-resistance and deer-resistance too, it becomes an essential plant for any successful garden. In spring the first flush of leaves is deep purple, but this is quickly followed by new growth that is rose-pink, mottled with purple. The color combination is stunning. Throughout the summer new growth maintains the pink and purple combination, then in fall the whole plant turns purple and red. As the leaves fall they reveal clusters of bright-red berries guaranteed to brighten up your winter garden, and attract birds from far and wide. This easily-grown plant fits well into any style of garden, and with its moderate height of around 5 feet it also fits well into gardens of any size.

  • Handsome purple and rose-pink foliage
  • Perfect mid-range size for any garden
  • Attractive red winter berries
  • Deer-proof and free of pests or diseases
  • Grows almost anywhere, whatever the climate

The Rose Glow Japanese Barberry should be planted in a sunny or partially-shaded spot, It will grow in any garden soil, as long as it is not constantly wet. It is pest and disease free and drought resistant. The thorny stems both resist deer and make this a great plant for security beneath windows or to keep out animals. It needs no special care at all, and it can easily be clipped into a dense and colorful hedge for beauty and security. It thrives across almost the whole country and is hardy to minus 30 degrees, as well as growing well in hot areas too.

Plant Hardiness Zones 4-8
Mature Width 3-4
Mature Height 3-6
Sun Needs Full Sun
Zones 4-8

Colored foliage is always welcome in the garden, and when a plant has the dynamic and vibrant coloring of the Rose Glow Japanese Barberry, it is doubly welcome. This unique variety of barberry combines ease of care with uniquely-colored leaves in shades of purple, rose-pink and bronze. This vibrant color combination really makes for a plant that stands out in your garden, yet it needs almost no care to perform well virtually anywhere. It will grow steadily to around 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide, so it is the perfect plant to brighten your midground planting – those plants between the larger shrubs and trees and the smaller plants, often flowering ones, that we use in the front of our beds. It is big enough to turn into an attractive hedge too – one that will be a sturdy barrier, since this plant also has protective thorns.

Growing Rose Glow Japanese Barberry Bushes

The Rose Glow Japanese Barberry is a deciduous shrub that begins the season with new leaves that are a rich purple color. The new growth that is then produced is rose-pink, mottled with bronze and purple. That purple color gradually takes over the leaves as they mature, while the continuing new growth during the season continues to be rose-pink. By fall the plant has become a mix of purple and bright-red leaves, for a grand finale. These shifts produce a vibrant, constantly-changing color effect, making this one of the most useful shrubs for bringing lots of color to a limited space.

Uses in Your Garden

The young stems are purple, maturing to brown. The leaves are in clusters along the stems, rather than individual leaves, making the plant dense and bushy. At the base of each leaf cluster there is a sharp spine, which makes this plant a great security addition too. Planted beneath windows, or in strategic areas where intruders could enter, it will deter even the most determined. As a hedge, it is totally impenetrable. In normal use in the garden these spines are not a problem, but do not plant too close to walkways and areas where people frequently pass by.

Colors and Berries

In late spring the Rose Glow Japanese Barberry produces small yellow flowers among the leaves. These are often not noticed, but in fall, when the last leaves have dropped, the clusters of bright-red berries that follow these flowers become a great winter feature, and are attractive to birds too, bringing them into your garden for you to enjoy. With its attractive colored foliage from spring to fall, and berries in fall and winter, this truly is a four-season plant, with something attractive to see at any time of year. This is especially important in a smaller garden, where every plant has to make a big contribution to the garden.

Planting Location

Plant your Rose Glow Japanese Barberry in a sunny or very lightly shaded location. The best leaf colors will develop in full sun. It will grow well in any garden soil that is well-drained, and it is hardy to minus 30 degrees, as well as thriving in all but the hottest parts of the country. There are very few parts of the country where this plant is not reliable, hardy and easy to grow. It is resistant to pests and diseases, and it is generally not bothered by deer, because of the spines on the branches. Water your new plants well during the first year, but once established it will tolerate drought well.

History and Origins of the Rose Glow Barberry

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) first appeared in America in 1875. It had been brought from it natural home in China and Japan to the famous Arnold Arboretum in Boston. It quickly became very popular as a hardy garden shrub, and over the years numerous varieties with colored leaves were developed by gardeners. At the Tree Center, we offer a wide range, from the purple foliage of ‘Crimson Pygmy’ and the orange-reds of ‘Day Break’, to the bright yellow of ‘Aurea Nana’.

The variety ‘Rose Glow’ originated in the Dutch nursery area of Boskoop, where it was introduced in 1957 by J. Spaargaren. It is a long-established and reliable variety that has been awarded a Certificate of Garden Merit by the prestigious British organization, the Royal Horticultural Society. Our plants are grown from stem pieces of the correct variety, so you can be sure that you are not getting cheap seedling plants. You will love the Rose Glow Japanese Barberry for its colorful foliage and red winter berries, as well as the easy way it grows without any work from you. Of course, our other customers love it too, so although we have a good supply of quality plants, order now to avoid being disappointed.

Invasive Plant Info

Tier 2 Invasive Sign

Although Japanese Barberry is quite popular throughout the US, it is found to be invasive in a number of states including our home state of MD. Although it can be bought and planted it should be planted with caution. it is listed as a tier-2 invasive plant in Maryland.

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Rose Glow Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow'

11 Reviews