How to Grow Concorde Barberry - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Concorde barberry is a beautiful, deciduous shrub that is perfect for adding color and interest to your landscape. This shrub is easy to care for and is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. The concorde barberry is a popular plant for hedges and foundation plantings. This shrub is also a good choice for naturalizing areas of your yard. The concorde barberry is a deer-resistant plant.

How to Grow Concorde Barberry - Plant Care & Tips

Alternative name

  • American barberry
  • Mountain mahogany
  • Oregon grape
  • Wintergreen
  • Sweet gum

Common Knowledge

  • What is the concorde barberry?
  • The concorde barberry is a deciduous shrub that is native to Europe, Asia, and North America.
  • What are the features of the concorde barberry?
  • The concorde barberry has smooth, green leaves that are arranged in pairs along the stem. The leaves turn red in autumn. The shrub produces small, yellow flowers in the spring.
  • How does the concorde barberry grow?
  • The concorde barberry grows best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soils.
  • What is the concorde barberry used for?
  • The concorde barberry is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens. It is also used as a hedging plant.
  • What are the dangers of the concorde barberry?
  • The concorde barberry can be invasive. It can also cause stomach upset if consumed in large quantities.

Related plant:
Berberis Concorde

Planting Process

  1. For concorde barberry, first step is to find a healthy plant. You can find these at most nurseries or online.
  2. Once you have found a healthy plant, the next step is to plant it in well-draining soil.
  3. Water the plant regularly, making sure to never let the soil dry out completely.
  4. Fertilize the plant every few weeks during the growing season.
  5. Prune the plant as needed to shape it and remove any dead or damaged branches.
  6. In late fall or early winter, prepare the plant for dormancy by stopping fertilization and gradually reducing watering.
  7. Once the plant is dormant, it can be moved indoors if desired.
  8. Resume watering and fertilizing in spring when the plant begins to show new growth.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 as needed throughout the growing season.
  10. Enjoy your concorde barberry plant!

Soil Requirement

About soil condition, Concorde barberry prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soils, but it is adaptable to a wide range of conditions. It grows best in full sun but tolerates some shade. It is intolerant of wet soils.

Light requirement

Not too different with other barberries, the Concorde barberry requires full sun to partial sun for optimal growth. It will tolerate some shade, but its growth may be stunted and its berries may not be as abundant. Plant this shrub in an area of your yard that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

The Temperature

The temperature condition is one of the most important factors to consider when growing concorde barberry. If the temperature is too hot, the plant will not produce fruit. If the temperature is too cold, the fruit will not ripen. The ideal temperature for growing concorde barberry is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humidity Aspect

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is 50-60%. This plant cannot tolerate drafts or excessive heat, so a humidifier is necessary to maintain the ideal moisture level. The leaves of the plant will turn brown and drop off if the humidity level is too low.


Regarding fertilizer, usually the plant doesn't need much. Once a month, water the plant with a half-strength solution of all-purpose fertilizer. You can also fertilize every two weeks, but at a quarter-strength. It's best to err on the side of too little, as too much fertilizer can damage the plant. As for the roots, they are deep-seated and don't need to be replanted often. You can repot the plant every two or three years, or when it becomes rootbound in its current pot. When you do replant, choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one.

Plant Pruning

Pruning your concorde barberry is important to keep the plant looking its best. You should prune the plant in the spring, before new growth begins. Cut back any branches that are longer than you want them to be, and remove any dead or dying branches.

The Propagation

Propagation is best done in the spring from cuttings taken from new growth. The cuttings should be 4-6 inches long and be taken from the tips of the stems. Cuttings should be taken from healthy plants that have not been treated with any pesticides. Place the cuttings in a rooting hormone and then plant them in a well-drained potting mix. Be sure to keep the soil moist but not wet. The cuttings should root within 4-6 weeks. Once the cuttings have rooted, they can be transplanted into their own pots.

Growth Speed

Usually, the plant growth rate is determined by the underlying soil type and condition. Many factors can affect the rate, including the age and size of the plant as well as local growing conditions. In general, though, most barberry plants will grow quickly in well-drained, nutrient-rich soils. Adequate moisture and sunlight are also critical to healthy growth.

Common Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant are powdery mildew, rust, and leaf spot. These can all be controlled with the proper application of fungicide. If plants are stressed, they are more susceptible to these problems.

Growing Tips

  • Do not forget to water your plant regularly. The plant needs to be hydrated in order to grow properly.
  • Place your plant in an area where it will receive plenty of sunlight.
  • Use a high-quality potting mix when planting your barberry.
  • Fertilize your plant once every month using a balanced fertilizer.
  • Prune your plant regularly to encourage new growth.
  • Inspect your plant regularly for pests and diseases.
  • Keep the area around your plant free of debris and weeds.
  • Provide adequate drainage for your plant.
  • Mulch your plant to help retain moisture and keep the roots cool.
  • Enjoy your beautiful barberry plant!


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