Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea'

Japanese Barberry

Tips for Homeowners:

Barberry would only need occasional water in heavy drought periods and in poor soils they might need some light feeding.

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A beautiful, low-maintenance shrub with awesome color in the growing season and in the fall.

  • Outstanding bright yellow foliage all season
  • Shiny, red berries
  • Great contrast plant for the landscape

This multi-purpose shrub can be used by house foundations, as a hedge, in fence rows and in perennial gardens.

Height: 4-5 ft
Spread: 4-5 ft
Zone: 4-9
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about Japanese Barberry:

The main reason this is one of the most popular landscape shrubs is its beauty! That, plus its versatility in the landscape is the reason why the spines are mostly overlooked. The spines are only a nuisance when occasionally having to prune dead wood or unwanted canes or to children who attempt to play in their vicinity.  On the other hand deer tend to leave them alone and a hedgerow of barberry makes a great fence to deter them.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Border or Bed
  • Great Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Early Color
  • Summer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water