Top Questions About Barberry Shrubs

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Questions About Barberry Shrubs

Asked by
deej on
May 7, 2014

Q. newly planted Japanese Barberry Shrubs fading and leaves drying up

Why are my newly planted Japanese Barberry shrubs fading and the bronze leaves drying up? I live in north Texas. It was 90 for two days and humid. They are planted in a well drained bed in part shade and full sun. Could the plants have a disease? Or a bug eating the leaves? I have not seen any. Please tell me how to care for them. I love these plants.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 7, 2014
A.

It sounds as though the plants are drying up. This is a good article with general information on planting bushes: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/planting-a-tree/
If you think this might be the problem, you can dig up the bushes to rework the roots, then try to replant them.
If none of this sounds applicable, it is possible that you were sold diseased plants, and you should dig them up and return them to the seller. You should get new plants, or a refund. In case of disease, don't put new plants in exactly the same spots.
You can also take samples of the dying leaves to an Extension Service for analysis. This link will help you locate one: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

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Asked by
jejch1214 on
May 30, 2014

Q. burning barberry

Five barberry against a brown brick building. They get full morning and early afternoon sun-complete shade after that. They appear to be burning but I’m not sure. What can I do to determine if they are burning or if something else is happening?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 30, 2014
A.

The first thing is to consider how long the plants have had this problem. If they'v been in for several years, and the burn appearance has always been there, that's a good vote for burn. If the problem just started, it's more likely to be a disease. You can take some leaf samples to an Extension Service for analysis. This article will tell you more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-extension-service.htm

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Asked by
oneeyedjack11 on
June 7, 2014

Q. golden rocket

Is it possible to keep a golden rocket barberry at 2-3 ft tall?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 8, 2014
A.

That should be no problem, as long as you can wield pruning shears. Here's an article on pruning: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/care-of-landscape-hedges.htm

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Asked by
barberry3 on
August 2, 2014

Q. leaves on barberry turning brown

The leaves are turning brown and falling off. What’s wrong?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
August 5, 2014
A.

There are many possible causes for brown leaves, and your plant is depending on your abilities as a detective to figure out what's going on. First question, is this a new plant, or an established one? If it's new, brown leaves may well have something to do with the stress of transplanting, water (too much or too little,) or light (again, too much or too little.) Talk to the store where you got the plant for their advice.
If this is an older plant, think first if something in the environment has changed -- water or light or herbicide from somewhere. Then check the general management against this article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/barberry/barberry-shrub-care-tips.htm
If everything looks all right here, examine the leaves and branches for disease or insects. Here are a couple of articles to help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/leaf-browning-in-center.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/what-causes-brown-edges-on-leaves-of-plant.htm
If you're still at a loss, you can take some leaf, branch, and soil samples to the county extension service. This link will help you locate one:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-extension-service.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 30, 2014

Q. Grass Coming Out from Barberry

Grass growing up through barberry bush. Have pulled out by hand, but it has come back again and again. Any way to spray it?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 28, 2014
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Yes, there are several grass specific herbicides on the market that will kill the grass weeds but not bother the shrub. Look for herbicides marked specifically for killing grass.

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Asked by
mammas17 on
February 6, 2015

Q. barberries newly planted in north carolina in july 2014

Planted in clay soil and watered in well but they died. When I replace them, what can I do to prevent this?

Answered by
Heather on
February 9, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Hmm... It is hard t say without knowing how they died. If you could describe the pattern of their decline when they died (yellowing leaves, lost leaves, just how they looked as they died), that would give us a better idea.

Without knowing, I would say that you should have your soil tested as there may be a problem in the soil. Also, you may want to amend the soil as clay soil can be difficult for plants to grow in. You may find these articles helpful:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-soil.htm

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Asked by
valw on
April 21, 2015
8A Myrtle Beach, SC

Q. Shrub that is vertical with pinkish leaves

I have seen this pink shrub, vertical pinkish leaves with points facing upward, survives year round in Florida. Not sure if this would live year round in SC. I don’t think it has flowers. Cannot find it at local garden shops in SC, but do not know the name.

Answered by
shelley on
April 21, 2015
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