Start pruning your barberry bush to the height, width, and shape that you desire.
You can wrap the obstructive branches in the plastic drop cloth and secure it with nylon rope till you trim the other branches. Check for new sprouting plants and pull them out from the roots.
Put all the pruning waste in a drag treeclear.buzzted Reading Time: 5 mins. Common barberry (Berberis vulgaris) is an upright shrub from Europe that grows to 10 feet tall, although most plants are less than 6 feet tall. It has distinctive three-part thorns, produces hanging clusters of yellow flowers in May and June, and red fruits in late summer and fall. Jun 20, If you are keeping your barberry shrubs as a hedge, it is necessary to prune them 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. When shrubs grow too big to manage, tie up branches and prune all clumps down to 1 inch tall. Barberry will regrow 1 to 2 feet in the first year. Tying keeps the branches compact and easier to handle. Disinfect lopper blades with a 10 percent solution of rubbing alcohol and water or hand sanitizer between clumps.
Advertisement. How to Prune Japanese Barberry Bushes. Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is a dense and spiny shrub that grows 3 to 6 feet high.
Native to Asia, barberry plants thrive in U.S. Department of. Nov 14, Regulations: The importation, distribution, trade, and sale of Japanese barberry have been banned in Massachusetts effective January 1, (Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List website). General Description: Japanese barberry is an exotic invasive shrub that is well established in home and commercial landscapes.