Berberis thunbergii Sunsation
Barberry 'Sunsation' photo courtesy of Doreen Wynja

Golden Barberry

'Sunsation' is a vibrant golden barberry with a compact form.  The attractive foliage has an orange cast most of the season.  It provides excellent contrast with green-leaved plants, and brings warm colour to foundation plantings and formal gardens.  The yellow flowers are attractive to bees.

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  • Height: 91-122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Spread: 91-122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Hardiness: Zone 4-8
  • Sun or Shade: minimum of 4 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: spring
  • Leaf Colour: yellow
  • Bloom Colour: yellow
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Barberries can adapt to many different soil types but do require well drained soil. They can even tolerate road salt and urban pollution. Once established they can tolerate mild drought conditions. 'Sunsation' prefers full sun but will also grow in part shade although the colour may not be as intense.