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    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry

    Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Nugget'

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    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Nugget') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry foliage

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry foliage

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Nugget') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  12 inches

    Spread:  18 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  4a

    Description:

    An exceptional garden selection with a dwarf, compact habit of growth and ravishing tiny golden leaves that retain their color all season long, often with a hint of orange; an exceptional color shrub for the mixed border, can even be used as edging

    Ornamental Features

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry has attractive yellow foliage which emerges orange in spring. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding orange in the fall. It features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. The fruits are showy scarlet drupes displayed from early to late fall.

    Landscape Attributes

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

    This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, 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

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Rock/Alpine Gardens
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use
    • Groundcover
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow 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.

    Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
    Ornamental Features

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