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Plant
Stems and Branches
Leaves
Spines
Flowers
Berries
Breeding Method

Royal Burgundy®
( B. thunbergii DC

Growth habit: Rounded, compact Height :
Up to 140 cm tall
Width: 
Up to 130 cm Wide 

Grooved, slightly angeld; red to brown

Shape: spatulate
Apex : Obtuse
Margins : Entire
Size: 20-28 mm long x 9-15 mm wide
Distribution: Arranged alternately in clusters of 4-7 leaves
Color:upper surface 
Red, rose and pink mottled leaves mature to variegated pinkish-purple, glowing foliage in autumn (RHS color chart code 187A); pinkish-purple mottling: RHS color chart code 185C. 

Description: Arranged Yellow Clusters:
Solitary or in clusters of 2-4 berries
Shape:
Ellipsoid
Size:
6 mm x 3 mm
Color:
Pink red
unknown
 
Rose Glow
( B. thunbergii DC

Growth habit : Rounded, compact
Height: Up to 140 cm tall
Width: Up to 130 cm wide 

 

Grooved, slightly angled; red to brown

Shape: (lamina): Spatulate 
Apex: Obtuse 
Margins: Entire 
Size: 20–28 mm long × 9–15 mm wide 
Distribution: Arranged alternately in clusters of 4–7 leaves 
Color: upper surface
Red, rose, and pink mottled leaves mature to variegated pinkish-purple, glowing foliage in autumn (RHS color chart code 187A); pinkish-purple mottling: RHS color chart code 185C.   Color: lower surface
Greenish-grey to greyish-red 

 

Texture: upper surface
Smooth 

Description: 
Arranged alternately, single; approximate 45° angle to the tem.   
Shape: 

Needle shaped   Length: 
Up to 12 mm long 

Yellow

Clusters: 
Solitary or in clusters of 2 -4 berries 

Shape: Ellipsoid 
Size: 6 mm × 3 mm 
Color: Pink red
 

unknown

 

Concorde
( B. thunbergii DC)

Growth habit: Dwarf, compact Height: 50–60 cm tall
Width: 50 cm wide 

Grooved, slightly angled, brown

Shape (lamina): Spatulate to obloncealate
Apex: Obtuse mucronate
Margins: Entire
Size: 20–26 mm long × 10–12 mm wide Distribution: Arranged alternately in clusters of 2–12 leaves
Color: upper surface
Velvety, red-purple foliage (RHS color chart code 187A and darker)
Color : lower surface
Greyish green
Texture: upper surface
Smooth 

Description: Arranged alternately, mainly single, some with two small side spines at base; approximate 45° angle to the stem Shape: Needle shaped, edges folded back
Length: Up to 12 mm long 

Yellow

Clusters: Solitary or in clusters of 2–3 berries
Shape: Ellipsoid
Size: 6 mm × 3 mm Color: Bright red 

Unknown

Aurea Nana
( B. thunbergii DC)

Growth habit: Compact 
Height: 60–90 cm tall 
Width: 80 cm wide 

Grooved, slightly angled

Shape (lamina): Oblanceolate 
Apex: Obtuse 
Margins: Entire 
Size: 10–15 mm long × 6–9 mm wide 
Distribution: Arranged alternately in clusters of 3–6 leaves 
Color: upper surface 
Bright golden-yellow with slight greenish tint (RHS color chart code 13A), turning reddish in autumn 

Color: lower surface 
Dull, pale green 

Texture: upper surface
Smooth 

Description: 
Usually arranged alternately, tripartite with equally long side spines with some single spines; approximate 45° angle to the stem.   Shape: 
Needle shaped, slightly thicker towards base, edges folded backward   Length: 
Up to 6 mm long 

Yellow, inconspicuous

Clusters: Solitary or in clusters of 2–3 berries 
Shape: Ellipsoid 
Size: 4 mm × 2 mm   Color: Greenish yellow 

unknown

Royal Cloak
( B. thunbergii DC)

Growth habit: Upright, arching 
Height: 140–170 cm 
Width : 120–150 cm 

Grooved, slightly angled; brown

Shape (lamina): Oblanceolate 
Apex: Obtuse mucronate 
Margins: Entire
Size: 25–30 mm long ×13–15 mm wide 
Distribution: Arranged alternately in cluster of 2–9 leaves 
Color: upper surface
Velvety dark, reddish-purple leaves (RHS color chart code 187A); new growth leaves: red (RHS color chart code 187D) 

Color: lower surface 
Greenish grey 

Texture: upper surface 
Smooth 

Description: Arranged alternately, usually single with dark tips. Some tripartite with two small side spines; spines tend to curve downward. 
Shape: Needle shaped; thicker towards base; edges folded back 
Length: Up to 8 mm long 

Yellow

Clusters: Solitary or in clusters of 2–4 berries 
Shape: Ellipsoid 
Size: 6 mm × 3 mm   Color: Bright red 

unknown

Jade Carousel ®
( B. thunbergii DC)

Growth habit: Compact   Height: 90 cm tall 
Width: 90 cm wide

Grooved, slightly angled; pale green to brown

Shape (lamina): Oblanceolate 
Apex: Obtuse 
Margins: Entire 
Size: 10–24 mm long × 5–9 mm wide   Distribution: Arranged alternately in clusters of 2–3 leaves 
Color: upper surface
Dark green; new growth leaves: pale green (RHS color chart code 137B) and darker; new growth leaves: RHS color chart code 144B. 

Color: lower surface 
Light green 

Texture: upper surface 
Smooth 

Description: Arranged alternately, usually single with brown tips, a few with two small side spines at base; approximate 60–70° angle to the stem. 
Shape: Needle shaped, thicker toward base; edges folded backward   Length: 10 mm long 

Yellow

Clusters: Solitary or in clusters of 2–3 berries 
Shape: Ellipsoid 
Size: 6 mm × 3 mm   Color: Bright red 

Seedling selection from a population of Berberis thunbergii seedlings.

Cherry Bomb ®
( B. thunbergii DC)

Growth habit: Compact
Height: 90–120 cm tall  
Width:
90–120 cm wide 

Grooved, slightly angled, brown

Shape (lamina): Spatulate
Apex: Obtuse
Margins: Entire
Size: 20–35 mm long × 6–12 mm wide Distribution: Arranged alternately in clusters of 7–10 leaves
Color: upper surface
Dark reddish-purple foliage; new growth: reddish-purple (RHS color chart code 183A); new growth leaves: RHS color chart code 183C.
Color: lower surface 
Greyish green
Texture: upper surface 
Smooth 

Clusters: Solitary or in clusters of 2–4 berries
Shape: Ellipsoid Size: 6 mm × 3 mm Color: Bright red 

Yellow

 

Description: Single; arranged alternately, almost perpendicular to the stem.
Shape: Needle shaped, thicker toward base; edges folded at base
Length: Up to 11 mm long 

“Monomb” is a sport of Berberis thunbergii “Crimson Pygmy” that was selected at Monrovia Nursery.

Sunsation ®
( B. thunbergii DC)

Growth habit: Compact, dense, dwarf—a slow grower
Height: 90–120 cm tall
Width: Up to 120 cm wide 

Grooved, slightly angled; pale green to brown

 

Shape (lamina): Oblanceolate
Apex: Obtuse 

Margins: Entire
Size: 10–16 mm long × 4–6 mm wide Distribution: Arranged alternately in dense clusters of 5–7 average-sized leaves in a cluster with numerous (10–15) miniature-sized (2–3 mm) leaves in the cluster.
Color: upper surface 
Golden-yellow and green leaves; new growth leaves: greenish yellow (RHS color chart code 151B), new growth leaves RHS color chart code 151C Color: lower surface 
Greenish grey
Texture: upper surface 
Smooth 

 

Description: Arranged alternately, single to tripartite with two small (1–2 mm) side spines at base; approximate 45° angle to the stem.  
Shape:
Needle shaped, wider and thicker towards base, edges folded back
Length: Up to 6 mm long 

Greenish yellow

Clusters: Solitary or in clusters of 2–3 berries
Shape: Subglobose Size: 2 mm × 2 mm
Color: Greenish yellow 

 

Both “Monlers” and “Monry” are siblings that were selected from a group of 50–100 seedlings around 1977. The seedlings were from an uncontrolled cross believed to be Berberis thunbergii “Aurea” crossed with Berberis thunbergii “Kobold”.

Ruby Carousel ®
( B. thunbergii DC)

Growth habit: Low, rounded Height: 90–110 cm
Width: Up to 1 m wide 

Grooved, slightly angled; pale green to reddish-brown

Shape (lamina): Obovate
Apex: Obtuse
Margins: Entire
Size: 20–26 mm long × 9–12 mm wide Distribution: Arranged alternately in clusters of 3–6 leaves
Color: upper surface
Deep purplish-red; new growth leaves red: (RHS color chart code 187A to 187B); new growth leaves: RHS color chart code 46B
Color: lower surface 
Light red to greenish-red
Texture: upper surface 
Smooth 

Description: Arranged alternately, single; approximate 40–90° angle to the stem.
Shape: Needle shaped; thicker at base Length: 12 mm long 

Yellow

Clusters: Solitary or in clusters of 2–4 berries
Shape: Ellipsoid
Size: 6 mm × 3 mm Color: Bright red 

Seedling selection from a population of Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea in Oregon.

Emerald Carousel ®
( B. koreana Palib × B. thunbergii DC)

Growth habit: Rounded with arching branches   Height: 90–100 cm tall 
Width: Up to 1 m wide 

Grooved, slightly angled; green to light brown

Shape (lamina): Obovate 
Apex: Obtuse mucronate 
Margins: Entire 
Size: 20–26 mm long × 13–19 mm wide   Distribution: Arranged alternately in clusters of 2–4 leaves 
Color: upper surface 
Dark green leaves with a thin, golden-yellow line at margins (RHS color chart code 137A) and darker; new growth leaves: RHS color chart code 144A; fall foliage: reddish. 

Color: lower surface 
Light green 

Texture: upper surface 
Smooth 

Description: Arranged alternately, single to tripartite with brown tips; approximate 40–70° angle to the stem.   Shape: Flat, arrow shaped, 2–3 mm wide at base; thick edges folded backward 
Length: 17 mm long × 3 mm wide at base 

Yellow

Clusters: Solitary or in clusters of 2–3 berries
Shape: Ellipsoid   
Size:
6 mm × 3 mm (approximately)   Color: Bright red 

Open-pollinated seedling between Berberis koreana and Berberis thunbergii

Golden Nugget ™
( B. thunbergii DC)

Growth habit: 
 

Dwarf form; very dense, compact Height: Up to 30 cm tall
Width: Up to 45 cm wide 

Grooved, strongly angled; pale green to brown

Shape (lamina): Oblanceolate–spatulate
A pex: Obtuse
Margins: Entire
Size : 13–20 mm long × 5–8 mm wide Distribution: Arranged alternately in clusters of 4–7 leaves
Color: upper surface: 
yellow-green to golden-yellow leaves turning red in autumn (RHS color chart code 151A or 153A)
Color: lower surface: 
Greyish green Texture: upper surface:
Smooth 

Description: Arranged alternately, single; approximate 45° angle to the stem.  
Shape:
Needle shaped Length: Up to 6 mm long 

Green

Clusters: Solitary or in clusters of 2–3 berries
Shape: Subglobose Size: 2 mm × 2 mm
Color: Greenish yellow 

Both “Monlers” and “Monry” are siblings that were selected from a group of 50–100 seedlings around 1977. The seedlings were from an uncontrolled cross believed to be Berberis thunbergii “Aurea” crossed with Berberis thunbergii “Kobold”.

Common Barberry
( B. vulgaris L.)

Growth habit: Erect, tall with upper branches flaring out Height: Up to 3 m tall
Width: Up to 100 cm wide 

Strongly grooved, straight; yellowish-red young growth, grey older bark

Shape (lamina): Elliptic to obovate Apex: Obtuse
Margins: Serrate to spiny
Size: 25–40 mm long × 15–20 mm wide Distribution: 
Arranged alternately in dense clusters of 5–7 small-to-average-sized leaves. Color: upper surface 
Dull green; some newly emerged leaves purplish
Color: lower surface 
Green
Texture: upper surface 
Smooth 

Description: Arranged alternately, tripartite, occasionally single or in fives.
Shape: Needle shaped
Length: Up to 15 mm long 

Yellow

Clusters: In clusters of 6–11 berries Shape: Ellipsoid
Size: Up to
6 mm × 3 mm
Color: Bright red 

unknown


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