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Japanese Barberry 'Admiration' (PBR)

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Admiration'

Also known as

Berberis 'Admiration'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Japanese Barberry 'Admiration' (PBR) Overview

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Admiration' - often shortened to Berberis 'Admiration' - is a dwarf, bushy, spiny, deciduous shrub that produces a striking leaf colour. Its leaves emerge orange-red, developing a golden-yellow margin as they mature, before deepening in the autumn. They are oval and glossy. Although 'Admiration' does produce small pink flowers in summer, these are insignificant and rarely develop into crimson berries. Also known as Japanese Barberry 'Admiration', this robust, compact Berberis grows well in full sun or partial shade and is tolerant of most soils, as long as they are well-drained. Low maintenance and only requiring a light prune and removal of diseased/damaged wood in spring, Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Admiration' makes an excellent low-growing hedge. It is also suitable for edging most styles of borders and can often be seen growing in rock gardens and coastal areas. Ideal for smaller gardens. This cultivar has earned a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants that support pollinator populations by providing ample nectar and pollen. An excellent choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden! Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Admiration' (PBR) is protected under intellectual property laws by Plant Breeders' Rights. These provide the breeder of new plants exclusive control over the plant material for a set amount of time.

Common problems with Japanese Barberry 'Admiration' (PBR)

How to propagate Japanese Barberry 'Admiration' (PBR)


Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.

Special features of Japanese Barberry 'Admiration' (PBR)

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Can be grown as low hedging and screens.

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Autumn colour

Attracts bees

Attracts birds

Other uses of Japanese Barberry 'Admiration' (PBR)

This low maintenance shrub is suitable for including in planting schemes for flower beds and borders of informal cottage gardens, rock gardens, coastal locations, and urban courtyard spaces. This plant has been given an OPALS rating of 3, making it a good plant to be included in a low allergen planting scheme.