Top Questions About Barberry Shrubs

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Questions About Barberry Shrubs

Asked by
sktilson1 on
May 9, 2018
zone 6

Q. planting for specific area

I have a rather small area that is in sun all day. It slopes very slightly. I would like to know which plant barberry or spiraea would do the best? I don’t know of a ground cover that could handle constant hot sun.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
May 9, 2018
Certified Expert
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This would depending on your specific USDA zone. If you can provide this, then I will be able to recommend plants that will do well for your area.

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Asked by
Bear191 on
May 12, 2018
Prairieville, LA 70769 - Zone 9A

Q. Orange Rocket Barberry

My Orange Rockets aren’t snapping back after a colder than normal winter (with snow) for my area, Prairieville, LA. Only one out of seven looks good. Two others are slowing gaining color, but the other four are looking bad. They do have what appears to be some tiny leaves starting, but mostly look like dried twigs. They are small plants about 4 to 8 inches tall that were planted in the fall of 2017. They were taller when first planted, but I cut them back a little to encourage new growth. Any suggestions to bring them back around would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
May 12, 2018
Certified Expert
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Generally, this can be attributed to a colder winter. If there is growth starting, then it will likely return with some time. You can recondition the soil with some dolomitic lime, and wettable sulfur. This will ensure that the soil is at the proper pH, and free of infection.

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Asked by
Bagley01 on
May 26, 2018
95945

Q. Garden containers

How long can a barberry plant sit in a nursery container before being planted in the ground?

Answered by
MichiganDot on
May 26, 2018
A.

I suggest you pot it up now if it isn't going to be planted in the next few weeks. Often, container grown plants are root-bound by the time they are purchased. If you pot it up now, you can wait until fall to plant, if you wish.

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Asked by
Jgroch on
June 11, 2018
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Q. What’s wrong with my Barberry shrubs?

I recently planted 2 Pygmy Ruby Barberry shrub. The attached pictures show they look great until I pull the outer branches aside. The inner area of each shrub looks dead. They both are planted on the west side and get filtered sunlight to full sunlight. Any suggestions?

Answered by
drtreelove on
June 12, 2018
A.

A dense outer foliar canopy will shade the interior and dis-allow foliage to grow in the interior. So it may be normal.
If you think it's excessive or if the outer foliage begins to be affected, inspect closely for insect or mite pests on the stems and leaf surfaces top and bottom. For this you may need the help of a professional for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 29, 2018

Q. Brown leaves on barberry shrub

My lime colored barberry shrubs leaves are turning brown. These were planted last year. I did spay a product with Neem on them but no change.
Will try to post a picture of one of them.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 30, 2018
A.

This results from damage to the roots from severely fluctuating moisture (repeated drying out and getting waterlogged). Spread 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch on the soil over the roots to avoid this problem. Be sure and plant barberries in soil that has sufficient organic matter in it that it drains well, yet retains moisture.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 17, 2018

Q. something is eating my barberry bush

what can I do to save my barberry bush

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 17, 2018
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Asked by
NorthTexasGirl on
July 24, 2018
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Q. i heavily watered (the leaves and roots) of 8 year old barberry shrubs in north texas heat at 108 degrees. shrubs get part sun,i w

atered in early evening when they were shaded. 24 hours later, the leaves curled up and leaves are brown. help! one week prior i applied a fungicide by scott’s to my lawn. some could have gotten on the barberry; but they looked fine until i top watered in the excessive heat. and all other shrubs are healthy. could the fungicide be the reason? or just my top watering in the heat?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 28, 2018
Certified Expert
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What kind of fungicide was this? Sulfur fungicides tend to be a little less damaging to some trees and shrubs. Copper fungicides can kill trees if applied to heavily.

If this is an area where water naturally runs to, then it could have been over concentrated in that area. Why was the fungicide applied to the lawn? Did you see signs of infection? Applying copper fungicides for preventative maintenance is not recommended.

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