• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing, 3 to 4 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Colorful and Compact
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eye
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Compact, Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing, 3 to 4 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Yellow
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasVivid golden yellow foliage makes this a bright spot in any garden. An excellent way to spice up mixed shrub borders to stand up all season against dark evergreens. The perfect plant to make blooming seasonals literally pop out in high contrast. A perfect choice to break up long expanses of wall or fence line. Calls attention to important points in foundation planting to cover up unsightly vents and utilities front yard or back. Create a super bold yellow hedge or intermix this with closely related purple barberries for an eye popping effect. A natural for modern gardens dependent on foliage color for interest.
    Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow in average, well-drained soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates heat and drought, when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Barberries are named for their wickedly sharp barbs or thorns that line the branches, and for the berries that follow the flowers. While European barberries were well known, it was not until the Asian species entered the market that avid breeding began. The first botanist to identify this Japanese barberry in Japan and named it in 1784 was Peter Thunberg, a physician with the Dutch East India Company. He is credited with some of the earliest Asian plants introductions to the west. The first purple leaf variety was not recorded until the 20th century by French nurseryman M. Renault around the time of World War I. This golden leaf cultivar descended from these Atropurpureas. It was discovered by Henry Eiler of Eiler Nursery in Lichfield in Illinois and introduced by Monrovia in 1985.
    Lore:
    The fruit of barberries has been used in various culinary preparations. It has been pickled for use as garnish. Berries when ripe are made into jelly and added to comfits. It is the berries from which confitures d'epine vinetteis prepared, for which Rouen is famous. Barberry roots boiled in lye dye wool yellow.