Japanese Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Gold Pillar'

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Berberis (BUR-bur-is) (Info)
Species: thunbergii (thun-BERG-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Pillar
Additional cultivar information:(PP18082, Sunjoy series, aka Sunjoy Gold Pillar, Maria)
Hybridized by Kurowski
Registered or introduced: 2005

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Chartreuse/Yellow

Good Fall Color

Red

Orange

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Rexburg, Idaho

Clarksville, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On May 1, 2015, carrie_seattle from Seattle, WA wrote:

I want to thank those who alert us to potentially invasive plants. I looked up Japanese Barberry on the WA State noxious weed list and it is not listed as a problem plant. However, Common Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) is. A good reminder to carefully check the species of plants I choose.

Negative

On Feb 21, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Trade, transport, and planting this shrub is illegal in my state and two others, because it invades and destroys natural areas. I've seen state woodland turned into impenetrable thorny thickets of this species, where nothing else in the understory layer survives. It has naturalized across North America north of a line running from Georgia to Wyoming, and also in Washington.

Positive

On Mar 26, 2009, ShrubSource from Zeeland, MI wrote:

Berberis - Sunjoy Gold Pillar Barberry

Great garden architecture! Sunjoy Gold Pillar has an upright columnar shape similar to 'Helmond Pillar' Barberry, but with bright golden yellow foliage and red new growth. In the fall the foliage is stunning as it changes to bright orange-red. Save time as this plant require no pruning. Proven to be burn resistant in side-by-side tests with other yellow leaved Barberries. Certified Rust Resistant.