Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea') in the Barberries Database

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Japanese Barberry
Give a thumbs up Barberry
Give a thumbs up Golden Japanese Barberry

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 30-36 inches
Plant Spread: 36-48:
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds: seeds require a cooling period prior to germination and are best planted in the Fall
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Child plants: 11 child plants

Mature shrub in early summer

Photo gallery:

This plant is tagged in:
Image Image Image Image

Comments:
Posted by goldfinch4 (Ripon, Wisconsin) on Oct 2, 2011 6:09 AM

This shrub absolutely glows in my garden all spring and summer. Does have sharp thorny branches.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Aug 22, 2014 1:25 PM

This good all-around accent shrub is bright green-yellow in the early spring, brightens to a golden-yellow during the summer, then flames up to a golden-red in the fall. It grows to a well-behaved 3-4' mound. Although it needs little pruning, it is best to do so in early spring before it leafs out, when the form of the shrub is more apparent. Beware of the sharp thorns!

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Plant Events from our members
christine2 On May 5, 2017 Transplanted
Moved from Pool
christine2 On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
5
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
What are your 10 favorite iris for the 2014 season...... by Paul2032 Jun 16, 2014 12:31 PM 81

« Add a new plant to the database

» Search the Barberries Database: by characteristics or by cultivar name

« See the general plant entry for Barberries (Berberis)

« The Barberries Database Front Page

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by mmolyson and is called "Moss Phlox Phlox subulata"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.