Growing a Barberry Bush

I have a barberry bush. How can I maintain the graceful arch of the branches?

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September 11, 20170 found this helpful
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If you are keeping your barberry shrubs as a hedge, it is necessary to prune a couple of times a year. Pruning barberry plants increase shrub health and vigor. Prune for shape during the winter or fall after the plant has fruited. Remove dead wood during the summer and winter months.

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September 25, 20170 found this helpful
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  • Prune for shape during winter or fall.
  • After the plant has fruited, remove dead wood during summer months.
  • Pruning is very important for them to maintain shape.
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September 15, 20170 found this helpful

it sounds like you have only one bush and not a hedge so this should be easier to trim but they all have "deadly" thorns!

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Step 1
Here is a link to the full instructions shared by Attosa. www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../barberry-shrub-care-tips.htm

Step 2
Be sure to dress accordingly before starting your trimming as these thorns can really cut deep and even poke an eye.

Step 3
Barberry doesn't shear well, so prune individual branches back into the bush to encourage new growth to arch gracefully.

Step 4
There are several types of Barberry and each one has a little difference in when to prune so maybe you can read the information on these links and find out which bush you have.

Step 5
www.genieinthegarden.com/.../

Step 6
gardenerdy.com/barberry-shrub

These are nice bushes but be sure to plant away from any walkway or driveway as they might "grab" someone with their thorny branches.

Several bushes planted together make a great hedge but they do require maintenance every so often and often need to be completely cut to 3 inches off the ground.

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