Golden Carousel Barberry

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You've heard the old saying about carousels, haven't you? Lots of action but it gets you nowhere. Well, let us introduce you to a carousel that gets you somewhere! The Golden Carousel Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Bailsel'). This hardy shrub is a sport of both Japanese and Korean barberries and combines the best of both tough parents.

The leaves are the star of the show in spring as a gorgeous golden yellow. In summer, they take on a green hue, turning almost chartreuse. In the fall they get orange and red tones. Since Carousel is grown for its gorgeously colored foliage, make sure that you plant it somewhere where it will be seen and appreciated!

While it is true that while some Barberry cultivars are invasive in some areas, they may not be invasive in all areas. So Nature Hills has taken the initiative to develop our own compliance company called Plant Sentry™ so that you will not be able to even purchase a plant that your state has prohibited because of invasiveness, insects, or disease.

Plants may be available on our website, but if your state prohibits that plant from being shipped to you, the sale will not go through. We have a full-time compliance officer who keeps those restrictions for all states current and up to date at all times. We are the only nursery selling plants online that is fully compliant according to each state's rules.

Landscape Application:

This upright shrub lights up large containers by your front door or around the porch, perfect in urns or in the ground flanking the entrance to your front steps or on either side of a garden gate! Any porch, patio, or poolside deck gains color and screening when used strategically!

Carousel looks great with conifers and other evergreens with the small round leaves making a pretty textural foil to the needles of those plants! A brilliant hedge on its own, Carousel will shine while stopping unwanted trespassers. Plant beneath a first-story window to add a layer of security!

Speaking of needles, if you are looking for a protective hedge, barrier plant, or a deterrent planting under windows, Golden Carousel is perfect. This bright beauty hides some sharp thorns. Be careful when you plant it and wear heavy gloves!

Did we mention it's tough? It is tolerant of urban pollution and deer-resistant, so whether you live in the city or the country, Golden Carousel will thrive! Plant en masse for brilliant color, or along the sidewalk to add a good hedge to stop unwanted foot traffic without worrying about lots of care.

  • Bright Yellow Foliage Ages Chartreuse
  • Orange & Red Fall Color
  • Incredible Color All Through the Growing Season
  • Small Yellow Flowers For Pollinators & Berries For Birds
  • Compact, Upright Colorful Shrub
  • Perfect Low Hedge or Mass Planting, Barrier & Border Planting

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Japanese Barberry does best in full sun and develops the best color. While they do like a little shade so that its leaves don't burn in hotter climates. Any well-drained soil that is slightly acidic and has regular water access works great for these durable plants. They're even waterwise once established.

Prune or shear after the flowers are done to shape and keep their size in check. Every 3-5 years, you can renewal prune by removing the oldest, fattest stems and allowing younger, more colorful stems to take over. Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 4 to 9, growing into an upright 3-4 feet tall shrub that only spreads 2-3 feet wide. These deciduous shrubs are easy to grow, low-maintenance, and seldom bothered by deer.

  • Fast Growing In Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Slightly Acidic Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs - Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Deer, Pest, Pollution & Disease Resistant

Upright gold and chartreuse that will have your head spinning! Let Golden Carousel Barberry shine and turn your landscape around. But only when you order yours today 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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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 Carousel Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Bailsel'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Golden yellow, reddish new growth
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering