Rosy Glow, Rose Glow: Stunning Color That Catches Your Attention

Rosy Glow, Rose Glow: Stunning Color That Catches Your Attention

Rosy Glow

Photo Compliments of Leonora Enking

Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea ‘Rosy Glow’ or ‘Rose Glow’ is commonly called Barberry Rose Glow.  It is a versatile and colorful shrub that’s perfect for beginning gardeners because it’s so easy to grow.  It is the stunning color that catches your attention; it has variegated leaves of purple with light pinks and rose on the new growth.

This shrub matures at a height of 3 to 5 feet under ideal conditions with an equal spread.  It can be left to grow as a thorny shrub or pruned to tidy its’ appearance.  In early spring this barberry produces gorgeous dainty yellow flowers. The contrast between the deep purple foliage and yellow blossoms is dazzling.  Oval, bright red seed pods remain on the shrub through the winter creating color and interest (deciduous).


Leaves are small and rounded with good dark burgundy color in sunny locations. Inner portions of the plant will have green foliage, with the outer, more sun exposed areas being burgundy colored.  New foliage is lighter red, pink, and sometimes almost white colored with marbling & variegation. Fall color is bright red. Branches are generously covered in very sharp, spiny barbs


Small flowers can be observed in little clusters beginning in early April, and lasting well through the end of May. Exact flowering time will vary, depending on your area of the country; the warmer your climate, the earlier you will see them.   Small 1/4 inch long bright red, oval shaped seed pods can be easily seen oin late fall, after the leaves have dropped.  Each bright red seed pod has one seed in it, and will remain on the shrub throughout the winter.

How To Make Rosy Glow Thrive

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun; tolerates light shade, but needs full sun to produce best foliage color. Very adaptable shrub that is tolerant of pollution in urban areas. Also tolerates some drought, but will not do well in poorly drained (wet soils).

General Rosy Glow Information

Pests And Diseases

Barberries have little or no trouble at all under normal landscape conditions, some of the possible diseases in stressed conditions include: Bacterial leaf spot, anthracnose, root rots, rusts (Japanese Barberry is not susceptible), wilt, barberry aphid, barberry webworm, and possibly scale.

Garden Uses

Rosy Glow forms an excellent barrier or hedge. It is also effective when planted in groups, or as a specimen.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Berberis
  • Mature Height: 3 to 5 feet
  • Mature Spread: 3 to 5 feet
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Period: Early Spring
  • Foliage: Rose red
  • Soil: Widely Adaptable
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 to 9
  • Moisture: Moist
  • Mature Form: Upright
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun  to partial sun
  • Water Needs: Regular watering – weekly, more often in extreme heat

Available Options-Alternatives To Rosy Glow

Berberis  thunbergii  f.  atropurpurea  ‘Bagatelle  dwarf purpleleaf Japanese barberry

Berberis  thunbergii  ‘Goruzam’  GOLDEN RUBY® dwarf golden-edged Japanese barberry

Berberis  thunbergii  f.  atropurpurea  ‘Concorde  dwarf purpleleaf Japanese barberry

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  1. It really does glow! Lovely.

  2. I like this one, but it gets quite big. It’s very easy to trim though.
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  3. I love the Berberis thunbergii …. what a great addition to any landscape.

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