Golden Ruby® Barberry
Golden Ruby® Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Goruzam' Plant Patent #16,203Item #3523 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
A handsome, compact shrub with colorful coral-orange foliage that lasts into autumn, then turns a brilliant mix of bright orange to brick red, accented with gold margins. Excellent as an accent, or plant in groupings in a minimal-care landscape. Rarely produces seedlings. Vigorous and hardy into USDA zone 3 with winter protection. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Forms a dense, rounded shape, 2 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eyePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Forms a dense, rounded shape, 2 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Compact Form, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:RedBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Flower color:YellowPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Cypress (Chamaecyparis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soil; avoid wet, poorly drained sites. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This fine Berberis selection comes from the breeding program of renowned Ohio plantsman Jim Zampini, of Lake County Nursery. This barberry plant was created in 1978 by artificial pollination of two dwarf shrubs, Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana' and Berberis thunbergii 'Bogozam' Bonanza Gold (PP 8,215). It was selected out of all of the seedlings in 1980 and patented and introduced in 2006, twenty-eight years after the cross was made. Golden Ruby® Barberry has been recently been recognized by the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Gardens, as part of The Great Plant Picks program.