Golden Ruby® Barberry

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Stunning color transformation throughout the seasons! The Golden Ruby® Barberry bush PP#16,203 (Berberis thunbergii 'Goruzam') is a standout ornamental shrub! It has spring foliage that emerges a striking fluorescent orange, then its leaves mature to a burgundy maroon for the summer! Each tiny teardrop-shaped leaf has a gold ring around the outer leaf margin!

Tiny yellow spring blossoms will feed your bees even if you don't notice them, and birds will go gaga for the small fruit in the late summer to autumn months. Then Golden Ruby® has one last wardrobe change to surprise you - when its fall color becomes a flame orange to brick red!

All this color is packed into a tiny 15-inch tall deciduous shrub that will amaze you! Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 4 to 9, Golden Ruby® Barberry can spread to about 2 feet wide when mature. Barberry are great low-maintenance shrubs that are seldom bothered by deer, largely disease and pest-resistant, and so easy to grow! Plus they are fantastic for small urban lots and easily stand up to pollution.

Landscape Application:

Golden Ruby®'s bold color combination adds drama to the garden, especially when paired against more subdued landscape plantings and plants with dark foliage! Spice up that weary foundation hedge with this dwarf Barberry or wake up a tired evergreen hedge! Golden Ruby® is small and space-saving, acting as a brilliant facer plant to hide its bare leggy lower stems!

Try using these low-growing shrubs as edging that tames wayward foot traffic, keeping everyone on the sidewalk, or pathway, or from cutting through your garden because of their sharp thorns! Just plant them a safe distance away from high-traffic areas to avoid snagging clothing.

A great low-barrier plant, use Golden Ruby® in combination with other thorny plants and larger Barberry to add an extra layer of security beneath first-story windows or around the pool to stop trespassers in their tracks. They are a great barrier to keep the pets out of your garden beds and vegetable patch too! However, birds and wildlife enjoy these shrubs!

Golden Ruby® Barberry is small enough and forms a tidy, colorful accent that looks great in mixed and single specimen planters and large containers! Add some unusual texture and color to porches and patios, or even around a deck or balcony in the sun!

  • Bright Orange Spring Leaves Mature Burgundy & Maroon
  • Each Tiny Leaf Ringed In Gold For A Fantastic Variegated Effect
  • Tiny Yellow Spring Blooms
  • Bird-Friendly Berries In Fall
  • Dramatic Orange-Red Fall Color
  • Low -Growing Dwarf Barberry
  • Great Edging, Low Barriers, Containers & Facer Plants

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This Barberry will have the best coloration in full sun but in hotter climates will appreciate some afternoon shade. Adaptable to any type of well-drained soil, plant your shrubs with Nature Hills Root Booster, choosing a slightly acidic location. Set up a consistent watering schedule for new plants by using the Finger Test to make sure you don't let new installations dry out. Once established Barberry is quite drought-tolerant! Provide a 3-4 inch layer of arborist bark mulch to protect the top of the roots. You can let it grow freely or prune or shear after flowering in the spring.

  • Great Color In Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture & Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune After Flowering If Needed
  • Deer & Drought Tolerant
  • Low-Maintenance & Pollution-Tolerant

While Golden Ruby® rarely produces seedlings and has viable seeds, sometimes Barberry Bushes perform a bit too well in some areas and is restricted from shipping into these areas, however, they may not be invasive in all areas and that is why we can sell them to those regions. So Nature Hills has taken the initiative to develop our own compliance company called Plant Sentry™, preventing the purchase of this plant if your state has prohibited it.

We have a full-time compliance officer who keeps those state restrictions current and up to date at all times. We are the only nursery selling plants online that are fully compliant with each state's agricultural laws and protect your environment from invasive species.

Find out if you can safely include these colorful shrubs in your landscape by typing in your zip code in our Hardiness Zone Finder, located above the Plant Highlights to find out, or contact your local County Extension Office for more information. If you can enjoy this brilliant, color-changing shrub, hurry and order your Golden Ruby® Dwarf Barberry today and add some jewel tones to your landscape! Now at!

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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Plant Sentry


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.
Color Zone Times
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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 Ruby® Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Goruzam'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 inches
Mature Spread 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering