Winter burn on barberry shrub

Asked April 29, 2018, 3:27 PM EDT

Hello, Attached is a photo of a shrub we transplanted to the southeast corner of our house, a couple of years ago. I didn't purchase the shrub but I think it's a barberry or boxwood(?). It was thriving on the southwest corner of our house before we moved it. This past winter, the leaves on over half of it turned a straw color and come off when touched. It looks like winter burn to me but since our neighbors lost a huge pine tree that was partially shading it, last fall, I'm wondering if it could be too much direct sun. However, I thought it was a full sun shrub. Is winter burn common for this species? From what I've read, since over 50% of the shrub has dead leaves, it's not salvageable, even if we move it to a more protected spot. Is this the case? Thanks so much for your help with this. Rockie Weymouth

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1 Response

It is hard to tell from the photo but if the leaves stayed on all winter, it probably is a boxwood. Barberries lose their leaves. It seems to be a very bad case of winter burn.
It needed to be well watered until the ground froze and the change in sunlight was too great a change. As a newly moved shrub, it did not have a change to settle in before the season changed. I would remove it and put in something more appropriate.