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Golden Dwarf Barberry

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Golden Dwarf Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4a, where this Barberry is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Golden Dwarf Barberry is a dense, compact shrub that when growing in full to mostly sun produces mounds of golden-yellow leaves that turn orange-yellow in the fall. It will grow in shade leaves will turn yellow- to apple-green. Showy, glossy, bright red berries, which are attractive to birds, appear in late summer to fall and persist into winter. A tough, low-maintenance shrub tolerant of deer, drought, erosion, clay soil, and dry soil.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 3-4 feet tall and wide, Golden Dwarf Barberry is useful as a colorful accent or specimen, in groupings, or as a natural hedge in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. It's high drought tolerance makes it an ideal choice for the Xeriscape (low water needs) garden. 

Golden Dwarf Barberry combines well with sedums, junipers, ornamental grasses, yucca, and other drought tolerant plants that thrive in sun and well-drained soil.

Spacing Recommendations:  2' for solid hedges, 5'+ for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Barberry are exceptionally easy to grow when planted right and in the right spot. They prefer a well-drained soil and all the sun you can give them. Coloration is more intense with more sun. As with so many other ornamental landscape shrubs, barberry does not like a constantly soggy or wet soil. We've seen no insect or disease problems. When established, plants are very drought tolerant, requiring supplemental irrigation only during prolonged periods of summer drought.



Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Barberry shrubs.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing:  2' for solid hedges, 5'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Yellow
Flower Size:  1/4" 
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Yellow, Orange in Fall
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Red
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, Mostly Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low Once Established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 (Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  None, Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect



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