Berberis aurea nana
Berberis aurea nana photo courtesy of Spring Meadow Nursery

Dwarf Golden Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'aurea nana' is a deciduous shrub commonly known as Golden Dwarf Japanese Barberry. It has striking bright yellow foliage, and tiny pale yellow flowers in the spring. It is a compact variety growing to about 91 cm (3 ft). It can be used to wonderful affect in a border or hedge because of its size, leaf colour and shape. Native to Europe and Asia.

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  • Height: 61-91 cm (24-36 in)
  • Spread: 61-91 cm (24-36 in)
  • Hardiness: Zone 4-7
  • Sun or Shade: minimum of 4 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: spring
  • Leaf Colour: bright yellow
  • Bloom Colour: pale yellow
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: birds and bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Barberries can adapt to many different soil types but do require well drained soil. Once established they can tolerate mild drought conditions. This Barberry prefers full sun but will also grow in part shade. In part shade the colours of the bush will be more greeny gold.