Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea'

Golden Japanese Barberry

Deciduous Shrub

Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea' is typically grown for its bright golden foliage. All Japanese barberry are tough, drought-tolerant, adaptable shrubs that do best in full sun, though the golden forms, such as this one, maintain their best foliage color with some protection from the afternoon blast. This is a deciduous shrub with thorns so site it accordingly; it can a good hedging or barrier plant.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Average, Low


Size: 36 - 48 tall x 36 - 48 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Birds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Fall Color, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Yellow, Yellow / Gold

Flower Color: Yellow, Yellow / Gold
Bloom Season: Spring

Fruit Description: Red

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Erosion Control, Hedges and Screens, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Deer Resistant
Wildlife: Bees, Birds, Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Late Spring / Early Summer, Late Summer / Early Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

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