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Sunsation Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Sunsation'

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Sunsation Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Sunsation') at Gertens

Berberis thunbergii 'Sunsation' foliage

Berberis thunbergii 'Sunsation' foliage

(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)

Height: 3 feet

Spread: 4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 4a

Description:

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

Ornamental Features:

Sunsation Japanese Barberry has attractive gold foliage which emerges light green in spring. The small oval leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding gold in the fall. It features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. The fruits are showy scarlet drupes carried in abundance from early to late fall.

Landscape Attributes:

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;

  • Spiny

Sunsation Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover
  • Hedges/Screening

Plant Characteristics:

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.

 
 
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Massing Screening Garden Groundcover
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