Berberis thunbergii 'Daybreak'
This brand new Barberry cultivar has nice bright yellow foliage that is very dense. This is a much more compact, almost "dwarf" version of the standard traditional Golden Barberry ( B. thunbergii 'Aurea' ). Almost reminds me of a golden yellow version of Crimson Pygmy Barberry.......but with super tight, dense foliage. New growth is an orange / reddish color, turning bright gold as it matures. Just like the traditional Gold Barberry, this plant will benefit from good sun exposure.......but will also have a slight tendency to show some scorching on new tender foliage during mid summer months, especially in warmer climates. So if planted in full midday afternoon sun, make sure to keep properly watered & hydrated to avoid scorching.
The smaller, more compact growth habit of 'Daybreak' lends itself very well for use in foundation plantings, lower growing accents in front of taller plantings.....even a low growing hedge is a possibility. The presence of barbs / thorns, which most all forms of Barberry are known for, also make it a very formidable little barrier too. Better think twice before getting tangled up in a group of these little guys!!
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height :
up to 3ft
--Mature Width :
up to 3 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 :
sun to partial shade - color best in planting locations with good sun
exposure. Foliage may scorch in full sun in mid summer, especially in
--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly moist, fertile - well drained. Mulching strongly recommended
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous Broadleaf - bright
yellow foliage with new growth being a reddish / orange color. Small
oval shaped leaves are deciduous, with nice red fall color. Branches
have barbs located on them throughout the plant.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
No seeds, berries, or flowers are known to have been produced by this cultivar thus far.
--Diseases / Insects :
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 & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.