Barberry - Golden / Size 1
Golden Barberry

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*Availability Status: Winter dormancy - Estimated avail spring 2016
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 6" - 10" tall

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price : $6.95

Product Code: BARAUR1

Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea'

Overall Description

If you are looking for contrast in a shrub, you have found it with this one!! A definite knockout in just about any landscape. Super bright solid yellow foliage which retains its color well, except for in areas with lots of shade, where the leaves will then turn more of a lime green color. A very dense form of Barberry, and is relatively slow-growing when compared to other varieties of this species. From our experience with this variety, it will do very well in almost any location - full sun to part shade. Seems to do best when watered regularly - do not let it dry out too long - has an above average moisture requirement. Great for use as an accent shrub, mass plantings, but really too bright for use as a hedge due to the intense bright yellow color. May be kept at most any desired height / width through occasional trimming. A truly wonderful plant!!

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height: 3 - 4 ft

--Mature Width: 4 - 5 ft

--Growth rate: Slow to moderate ( 4" - 6" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones
4 - 8 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )

--Sun Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade - best yellow color in full sun, more lime green in mostly shady spots

--Soil Preference:
Average, cool, moist & fertile - well drained. Mulching recommended twice per year.

--Foliage Color & Texture:
Deciduous Broadleaf -
small rounded leaves with good bright yellow color in sunny locations. Fall color is bright orange / red, with leaves persisting well into late fall. Branches are generously covered in very sharp, spiny barbs.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Flowers / Seeds - small white flowers can be observed in little clusters beginning in early April, and lasting well through the end of May. Exact flowering time will vary, depending on your area of the country - the warmer your climate, the earlier you will see them. Small 1/4" long bright red, oval shaped seed pods are sometimes seen on Golden Barberry in late fall, after the leaves have dropped. Each bright red seed pod has one seed in it, and will remain on the shrub throughout the winter....giving it a very nice winter appearance as well.

--Diseases / Insects:
Usually barberries have little or no trouble at all under normal landscape conditions, but some of the possible noted pests / diseases that could be encountered are: Bacterial leaf spot, anthracnose, root rots, rusts (Japanese Barberry is not susceptible), wilt, barberry aphid, barberry webworm, and possibly scale.

--Recommended Spacing:
2 ft apart recommended for hedge planting

--Deer Resistance Rating:
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding:
For maximum health & color, we highly recommend POOPeas Organic Fertilizer & Soil Amendment. However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, with follow up applications throughout spring & early summer. Avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. Then resume feeding periodically in early to mid fall. POOPeas may be used at anytime.

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