Berberis thunbergii 'Sunsation' foliage
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4a
An incredible golden-leaved variety with a compact and dense growth habit, makes a great low hedge; a brilliant color contrast for the garden or foundation planting
Sunsation Japanese Barberry is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy scarlet drupes carried in abundance from early to late fall. It has attractive gold foliage which emerges light green in spring. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding harvest gold in the fall. It features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring.
Sunsation Japanese Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Sunsation Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Sunsation Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Gertens Catalog Sizes and Pricing
2016 Current Pricing
#2 container - $29.99
* Sizes and availability are subject to change. Please check with the store for specific details.