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Berberis thunbergii 'Gold Ring'

Common Name:
Red-leaf Japanese barberry
Plant Type:
Deciduous shrub
Berberidaceae (The Barberry Family)
Geographic Origin:
Japan and East Asia
California Native?:
Plant Size:
6 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Pale yellow
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
One of the larger selections of Japanese barberry, this sturdy shrub should reach 6 feet or more, with arching, intricately branched trunks. The leaves are nearly round, up to 3/4 of an inch long, painted deep purple with a narrow yellow rim. Clusters of small yellow flowers dot the branches in summer. Fall brings bright red tones to the leaves. Prospers in full sun or light shade and most soils, with moderate to occasional watering when established.