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Golden Barberry (Aurea Nana)

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$19.99
  • The Golden Barberry has striking golden-yellow foliage
  • Matures to 2-3' wide by 2-3' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 4 - 8
  • Plant in full sun
  • Cannot Ship to ME, MN, NY or PA
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Description

The Golden Barberry is a great selection to bring bright beautiful color to your garden. The striking golden-yellow foliage makes for a really unusual and eye-catching textured element in your landscape. In Fall, the leaves turn bright red-orange.

This is a deciduous plant, which means that it will lose its leaves in winter and return with new growth in spring. Normally, this would mean that it would offer very little interest in the winter landscape.

Thanks to its slow-growing nature, pruning is essentially completely unnecessary. So it's a very low-maintenance selection. It reaches 2-3' H x 2-3' W at maturity.

Use this variety as a low hedge, an accent in a mixed garden bed, in a foundation planting, or as a mass planting.

Golden Barberry Care

This variety is hardy from USDA Zones 4-8. Once established in the landscape, it's quite cold-hardy and can handle temperatures between -30° and -20° F.

They grow best with Full Sun exposure. Too little sun will affect their ability to produce dense foliage.

Water your new plantings 2-3 times per week for the first growing season. This helps them grow deep root systems that will help them succeed over time.

Grows well in most average quality soils with good drainage. Avoid planting in consistently wet sites.

Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release fertilizer to promote new growth and the overall health of your plant.

How to Plant the Golden Barberry

First, find a suitable location for your new plant(s). Dig a hole three times the width of your plant's root ball. The hole should be just deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is about even with or slightly above the ground around the hole. Next, mix your native soil with a bag or two of some rich garden soil or composted manure to provide additional nutrients for your plant. If your soil is clay-rich, we recommend mixing pine bark in with your native soil at a ratio of about 1:1 to improve drainage and soil aeration. Fill the hole back up with your soil mixture and gently tamp it down. Lastly, soak the new planting to help the soil and plant get situated.

Popular Companion Plants

This plant easily provides dynamic texture and color contrast with many different plants. The Dwarf Alberta Spruce Tree looks fantastic planted with it because of its naturally pyramidal growth, upright nature, and needled foliage. It also looks great with bright yellow plants, such as the Sunshine Ligustrum or Gold Mop False Cypress. Their brilliant foliage really pops in the landscape with the dark wine-colored barberry foliage. Otherwise, try it with low-growing cool-colored plants such as Groundcover Junipers or the Pancake Arborvitae. Their blue-needled foliage makes for a really unusual and beautiful complement.

Why Buy Golden Barberry Plants from PlantsbyMail.com?

We carefully select happy and healthy plants that are ready to thrive in your landscape. We water them, carefully package them for shipment in our custom boxes, and ship them straight to your front door. All of our plants are well-established and matured into their pots. We never ship anything bare-root. If you're not happy with your order, give us a call at 1-866-618-5659 or send us an email at info@plantsbymail.com. We'll do whatever we can to make it right.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Your Plants

Space your shrubs 3 feet apart for seamless foliage. For space between mature plants, plant over 5 feet apart.

  • Scientific Name
    Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea Nana'
  • Hardiness Zone
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Deciduous
  • Features
    Attracts Birds / Butterflies, Sun Loving, Variegated
  • Feature Color
    Green, Red
  • Uses
    Accent, Border, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Mass Planting, Mixed Garden Bed, Woodland Garden
  • Water Needs
    Water-Wise
  • Bloom Season
    Summer

Growing Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Map of USDA Zones 4-8

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Golden Barberry (Aurea Nana)

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The Golden Barberry is a great selection to bring bright beautiful color to your garden. The striking golden-yellow foliage makes for a really unusual and eye-catching textured element in your landscape. In Fall, the leaves turn bright red-orange.

This is a deciduous plant, which means that it will lose its leaves in winter and return with new growth in spring. Normally, this would mean that it would offer very little interest in the winter landscape.

Thanks to its slow-growing nature, pruning is essentially completely unnecessary. So it's a very low-maintenance selection. It reaches 2-3' H x 2-3' W at maturity.

Use this variety as a low hedge, an accent in a mixed garden bed, in a foundation planting, or as a mass planting.

Golden Barberry Care

This variety is hardy from USDA Zones 4-8. Once established in the landscape, it's quite cold-hardy and can handle temperatures between -30° and -20° F.

They grow best with Full Sun exposure. Too little sun will affect their ability to produce dense foliage.

Water your new plantings 2-3 times per week for the first growing season. This helps them grow deep root systems that will help them succeed over time.

Grows well in most average quality soils with good drainage. Avoid planting in consistently wet sites.

Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release fertilizer to promote new growth and the overall health of your plant.

How to Plant the Golden Barberry

First, find a suitable location for your new plant(s). Dig a hole three times the width of your plant's root ball. The hole should be just deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is about even with or slightly above the ground around the hole. Next, mix your native soil with a bag or two of some rich garden soil or composted manure to provide additional nutrients for your plant. If your soil is clay-rich, we recommend mixing pine bark in with your native soil at a ratio of about 1:1 to improve drainage and soil aeration. Fill the hole back up with your soil mixture and gently tamp it down. Lastly, soak the new planting to help the soil and plant get situated.

Popular Companion Plants

This plant easily provides dynamic texture and color contrast with many different plants. The Dwarf Alberta Spruce Tree looks fantastic planted with it because of its naturally pyramidal growth, upright nature, and needled foliage. It also looks great with bright yellow plants, such as the Sunshine Ligustrum or Gold Mop False Cypress. Their brilliant foliage really pops in the landscape with the dark wine-colored barberry foliage. Otherwise, try it with low-growing cool-colored plants such as Groundcover Junipers or the Pancake Arborvitae. Their blue-needled foliage makes for a really unusual and beautiful complement.

Why Buy Golden Barberry Plants from PlantsbyMail.com?

We carefully select happy and healthy plants that are ready to thrive in your landscape. We water them, carefully package them for shipment in our custom boxes, and ship them straight to your front door. All of our plants are well-established and matured into their pots. We never ship anything bare-root. If you're not happy with your order, give us a call at 1-866-618-5659 or send us an email at info@plantsbymail.com. We'll do whatever we can to make it right.

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