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    Kobold Japanese Barberry

    Berberis thunbergii 'Kobold'

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    Kobold Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Kobold') at Hartman Companies

    Kobold Japanese Barberry

    Kobold Japanese Barberry

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    Height:  24 inches

    Spread:  24 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  4

    Description:

    A compact plant for the garden or detail use with unusual foliage and upright growth habit; excellent in massing or as a small hedge, a truly beautiful cultivar in every way

    Ornamental Features

    Kobold Japanese Barberry features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The small oval leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy scarlet drupes displayed from early to late fall.

    Landscape Attributes

    Kobold Japanese Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

    This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Spiny

    Kobold Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Rock/Alpine Gardens
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use
    • Groundcover
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    Kobold Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

    This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

    Kobold Japanese Barberry makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fruit  Texture  Plant Form 
    Ornamental Features
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