Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 2-3'

Sunjoy Mini Maroon® barberry combines everything you love about barberry –  deep purple-red foliage, super easy to grow, incredible deer resistance – yet takes away the thing you don’t love about it. That’s because Sunjoy Mini Maroon barberry is non-invasive! It’s a truly innovative plant from Dr. Tom Ranney of NCSU. Its naturally compact habit requires no trimming, pruning, or training. Simply plant it in a sunny spot and let it bring season-long color and interest to your landscape.

Why grow Sunjoy Mini Maroon barberry?

  • Non-invasive barberry won’t spread by seed
  • Dramatic color
  • Easy care and deer resistant


Light: Full sun (6+hrs/day)

Soil: Any average, well-drained soil will do

Water: Average water needs; some drought tolerance once established

Fertilizing: Nothing special required; apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in early spring if desired

Pruning: Barberry needs little to no pruning, and that’s one of the things that people like about it. If you do wish to prune or trim, the best time to do that is in late spring/early summer, after the new growth for the season has emerged. Avoid cutting into any thick, woody stems that are thicker than pencil unless you are removing them completely.

Other notes: Barberry has thorns. Even though Sunjoy Mini Maroon barberry is sterile and non-invasive, at present, agricultural restrictions prevent all barberry varieties from being sold in or shipped to CT, IN, MA, ME, NH, NY, OH, VT, WI, WV. Proven Winners ColorChoice barberries are not available in Canada.

Botanical Name

Berberis thunbergii 'NCBT1' PP#30,330, CBRAF


4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Purple, Red






Full Sun


Average, Dry

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


Borders, Containers, Low hedges, Mass planting


Clay soil, Compact, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Foliage interest, Non-invasive

Blooms On

Old wood


Dr. Tom Ranney, North Carolina State University

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