Barberry Shrub Has Lots Of Brown Curling Leaves

Question From: Garden City, Kansas, United States
Q: Our Barberry shrub has a lot of brown curling leaves on it and seems like it is spreading to the other two shrubs, the back side against the house is the worst the branches are all brown and no leaves. It looks a lot like Fireblight but not sure if Barberry shrubs can get that and if so what is the solution

A: I have no answer. Barberries and not prone to diseases and do not get fireblight. It may be winter kill. Lack of water may also be the issue. I'd take photos of the damage and some cuttings to a nursery that sells these shrubs for a positive ID. Best Nancy