Golden Barberry

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Plant Some Sunrise & Sunset With Golden Barberry!

  • Bright Golden-Yellow Spring Foliage
  • Small White Flowers
  • Pollinators Galore!
  • Great Fall Color & Winter Interest
  • Large Container Plant
  • Colorful Hedges & Borders
  • Cold Hardy
  • Partly Drought Tolerant
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Thorns Deter Uninvited Guests
  • Plant Sentry Protected

Foliage as bright as the sunrise in the spring and colorful as the sunset in autumn! The Golden Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea') is a small, slower-growing deciduous shrub that will add so much colorful impact to your property that you will need your sunglasses at the ready!

Emerging in early spring with bright chartreuse to yellow foliage color, you'll be amazed at the brilliance this little shrub packs into such a small space! Reaching 3-4 feet tall and about as many feet wide, these balance out their smaller stature in sheer sunshine power!

Darling, pale yellow flowers cover the plant in little clusters beginning in early April, lasting through May. Like itty-bitty frilly bells, the bees, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators will have your shrub humming!

The bright-yellow foliage turns to a lively green by summer, and if planted in partly shaded areas, becomes much more lime-green instead! Fall brings great sunset colors of yellows and fiery orange. Sometimes flecks of bright red splashing across the leaves!

Plus, autumn brings a few pinkish-red berries dangling daintily from each branch and drawing some songbirds in for a snack! These provide amazing winter interest, long after the leaves have dropped.

How to Use Golden Barberry In The Landscape

A tough and hardy dwarf, Golden Barberry is a definite knockout in just about any landscape! The bright colors throughout the growing season compliment and highlight every other plant and color palette.

Plant as an eye-popping accent shrub or in a mass planting that turns heads! The color is only amplified in the sun! That hard-to-mow slope or that awkward to reach spot in your landscape will become a beacon of shining brilliance!

A row or low hedge of Golden Barberry will make uninvited guests think twice with the small thorns along each branch. Though if you have overly inquisitive pets or small children, this shrub may need to be planted out of their reach.

If you have a container large enough, Golden Barberry makes an excellent, breathtaking containerized plant, becoming a vivid focal point anywhere you need that pop of color!

Golden also becomes an instant spotlight in your other mixed-shrub borders and adds that perfect flash of sunshine!

#ProPlantTips For Care

This type of Japanese Barberry bush does best when watered regularly and it does have an above-average moisture requirement. Preferring well-drained soils, Golden Barberry is not too particular on what type of soil they are planted in, just as long as they do not sit in water at any time! Once established however Barberry has some drought tolerance.

A generous layer of mulch over the roots helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill all season long.

Doing as well in full sun as it does in partial shade, you will see more color in the part sun areas but have more flowers and fruit in full sun. Winter hardy from growing zones 4-9, Barberry thrives best in the hotter climates with some afternoon shade.

Your native plants are protected with Plant Sentry! No need to worry about Nature Hills quality landscape plants becoming an issue in your local habitat because we do all the research for you! Protecting native flora and fauna is our top priority!

Plant some golden-yellow rays of sunshine in your landscape today by lighting up your garden with Golden Barberry shrubs from Nature Hills Nursery! Just have those sunglasses at the ready once you do!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Golden Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Yellow
Fall Color Yellow, Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No