Proven Winners® Sunjoy® Citrus Barberry

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Sunny foliage and lasting color! Sometimes the best color display for your yard isn't in the flowers but in the leaves! Introducing the Proven Winners® Sunjoy® Citrus Barberry Bush PP#24,818 (Berberis thunbergii 'Koren') is a prime example of how you can bring brilliant, long-lasting color to your home this year, even without the benefit of flowers!

Sunjoy® Citrus is a Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrub and an improvement upon the Golden Barberry, Sunjoy® Citrus adds even more vibrant foliage color and does so on a hardy, easy-to-care-for shrub.

It's a hardy little shrub with small leaves that pack a big punch! The chartreuse foliage is a bright stand-out in any setting, providing a sunny burst of color from spring through fall. You won't notice, but the bees and butterflies will see the spring buffet!

Your Sunjoy® Citrus is a deciduous shrub with a naturally compact, rounded habit, but is amenable to pruning if you need your 2-3 foot tall and wide shrub smaller or lower to best suit your landscaping needs!

Planting and Application:

Bold bright color that won't fade or burn in the sun, the juicy Sunjoy® Citrus Barberry is heat and drought-tolerant as well as being at ease in urban environments! Plant several for a low hedge, or just one specimen planting to brighten up a boring corner of your yard!

Deer leave it alone, but wildlife will enjoy it for the dense cover it provides! Set up a hummingbird feeder and a birdbath and enjoy! That means long hedges or groupings not only shelter wildlife but significantly boost the color palate of your landscape! You can even use these vibrant shrubs in large planters and containers!

Sunjoy® Citrus is a good size for use below windows or as your entire foundation hedge, the thorns are sure to deter anyone trying to gain access to first-story windows. Direct foot traffic where you want it with a hedge of these bright barrier shrubs, or create a low privacy barrier that few will want to tangle with around the pool, seating areas, or dividing your front yard from the street!

Compact and hardy, with a standout color that sets the stage for coordinating partner plants, the Barberry is a perfect choice. It easily stands up to pollution! We recommend using an odd number of plants and installing them in a gentle curve or zig-zag for the best effect. Try spacing Sunjoy® Citrus one to two feet apart on center for a solid fill or loosen the spacing however you'd like to create a visual barrier.

  • Citrusy Yellow-Green Foliage
  • Fine-Textured Compact Shrub
  • Reddish Stems & Brilliant Chartreuse Fall Color
  • Tiny Yellow Flowers For Bees & Berries For Birds
  • Bright Hedges, Foundations, Backdrops, Barriers, Large Planters & Specimens!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Barberry bushes have the best color in full sun and are tolerant of many types of well-drained soil. Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster in a slightly acidic location. Provide regular water for new plants using the Finger Test, but once established, Barberry is actually quite drought-tolerant! Provide a nice 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch to protect the top of the roots. You can let it grow freely but it doesn't matter if you trim it to maintain the shape and size you prefer, just prune or shear after flowering.

Unfortunately, the birds adore the berries and do spread the seeds around and in some locations of the country, Barberry does a bit "too well". Find out if you can safely grow these delightfully colorful shrubs in your community. Type in your zip code in our Hardiness Zone Finder, located above the Plant Highlights to find out, or contact your local County Extension Office.

  • Won't Burn In Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture & Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Nearly No-Maintenance - Prune After Flowering If Needed
  • Heat, Deer & Disease Resistant

Plant a few of these remarkable shrubs this year and you'll add a one-of-a-kind splash of joyous sunshine to your home landscape. Hurry and order your own Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Sunjoy® Citrus Barberry Bush from!

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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.

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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.

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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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Proven Winners® Sunjoy® Citrus Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Koren'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Yellow
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering