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Sunjoy® Mini Salsa Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Mimi'

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Sunjoy Mini Salsa Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Mimi') at Frisella Nursery

Sunjoy® Mini Salsa Japanese Barberry foliage

Sunjoy® Mini Salsa Japanese Barberry foliage

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Brand:  Proven Winners


This compact dwarf is a well-shaped mound of coral-red newer foliage that matures to deep red; grown primarily for foliage; very showy, great as a color contrast in the landscape; plant on slopes, in beds, or as a border

Ornamental Features

Sunjoy® Mini Salsa Japanese Barberry has attractive dark red deciduous foliage which emerges coral-pink in spring on a plant with a round habit of growth. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Sunjoy® Mini Salsa Japanese Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Sunjoy® Mini Salsa Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sunjoy® Mini Salsa Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden 
Foliage Color  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features

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