Sunjoy® Gold Pillar Barberry

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The Sunjoy® Gold Pillar Barberry ( Berberis thunbergii 'Maria') is a deciduous shrub with brilliant foliage. Growing in a wide columnar fashion, it would look great as a short hedge or border along a walkway! Particularly prized for its bright, yellow foliage that maintains its brilliance all summer long. The one-inch leaves emerge in scarlet raiment when spring arrives then quickly adopt their golden glory.

Light-yellow flowers appear in the spring, but you may not notice them. They will however be useful in drawing pollinators to your yard! Big fat bumblebees will be dangling from them all spring! When fall approaches they briefly return to their red origins again, but this time with a decidedly brighter, orange hue as well, which is quite spectacular to behold.

Barberry has a long history of medicinal uses dating back more than 2,000 years. It's also sometimes used cosmetically and even in some crafts. These are low-maintenance and easy-to-care-for shrubs for a wide range of growing zones!

Planting and Application:

These narrower plants make perfect hedges and property definition without taking up any room! Staying small and narrow, they are great screening and low privacy that also adds phenomenal color! Those thorns make anyone, or anything, think twice before crossing your hedge. Narrow enough to add a pop of color among existing mixed-shrub borders and to really highlight your home's front foundation!

The size also makes this deciduous shrub perfect for unique planter additions! Add colorful vertical thrillers to stylish urns and porch pots to add dramatic elements throughout a garden bed, landscaped gravel bed or formally lining a narrow pathway.

  • Ornamental Shrub with Brilliant Foliage
  • Outstanding Fall Color
  • Tiny Blossoms for Pollinators
  • Upright Columnar Habit
  • Great Thorny Deterrent & Hedge

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Gold Pillar is very adaptable and tolerant of many conditions, so won't require a lot of care from you. Another useful feature of this particular cultivar is that it won't suffer leaf scorch like some other yellow Barberry will, making it a superior selection among Barberry choices.

  • Full Sun - No Leaf Burn
  • Moderate Moisture & Mulch
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance & Prune Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant

No matter what the Sunjoy® Gold Pillar Barberry bush is used for, none will compare to its use as an uncommonly beautiful addition to your landscape. Order enough for your next landscaping project from today!

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

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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.

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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Sunjoy® Gold Pillar Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4 - 8
Growing Zones 4 - 8
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Maria'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Gold
Foliage Gold
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring