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Tiny Gold Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Tiny Gold'

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Tiny Gold Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Tiny Gold') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Tiny Gold Barberry foliage

Tiny Gold Barberry foliage

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

This variety brings bright color into the landscape; striking yellow foliage that becomes more chartreuse at maturity; very rust resistant, slow growing and low maintenance

Ornamental Features

Tiny Gold Barberry has attractive chartreuse foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. It features tiny clusters of buttery yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Tiny Gold Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Tiny Gold Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Tiny Gold Barberry will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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