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Sunjoy Gold Pillar® Barberry Berberis thunbergii

  • Sun
Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
4' 2' 1.2m 61cm
Height: 3' - 4'
Spread: 18" - 2'
Height: 91cm - 1.2m
Spread: 46cm - 61cm
  • Details

    36 - 48 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    91cm - 1.2m
    61cm - 91cm
    46cm - 61cm


    This is an easy way to add both vertical lines and bright color to your home landscape. Similar in shape to 'Helmond Pillar' barberry, but with orange-red new growth that matures to vivid gold. Autumn brings stunning orange-red color. Proven to be burn resistant in side by side tests with other yellow leaf barberry. Plant Sunjoy Gold Pillar barberry as a low-maintenance hedge or edging, or add it to a border as an specimen plant.

    Top reasons to grow Sunjoy Gold Pillar barberry:

    - Versatile, appealing shape adds drama and flair

    - Bright gold color doesn't burn in the sun

    - Very deer resistant

    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cm
    18 - 24 Inches 46cm - 61cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Needs Good Drainage
    Uses Notes: 

    Shrub borders, groupings, masses, perennial borders and containers.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Extremely adaptable, but prefers well-drained soil. This upright columnar selection does not require any pruning, but may be shaped in summer. Deciduous. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees & shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

    PLEASE NOTE: Sunjoy Gold Pillar® - Barberry - Berberis thunbergii is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of CT, DE, IN, MA, ME, MD, MN, NH, NY, PA,VT, WI, and WV.

    Fun Facts: 

    If you cut open a barberry stem, the wood inside is yellow.

    Sunjoy Gold Pillar® Berberis thunbergii 'Maria' USPP 18,082
  • 13 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I used the Sunjoy Gold Pillar as a thriller in a large container this year. It remained a beautiful bright chartreuse color all summer long, but I didn't realize it would take on such spectacular fall colors! Now October, it has taken on lovely deep orange and crimson hues. I've transplanted it out to the landscape and plan on obtaining a few more of these very pretty shrubs.

      Maricela Sanchez
      , Washington
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • I love these barberry. I planted 3 of them in front of a window and even though they don't get 8 hours of sun a day they are thriving, huge, and look fantastic. The shape and color are a eye catcher. They are carefree and require little to no maintenance. I am in zone 5a. I am a avid gardener (over 30 years) used to do professional landscaping and used to own a garden center so I know my plants and these are the best barberry I have come across.

      Melissa S
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
    • I love this plant! The columnar growth, spectacularly bright color and ease in growing place it high on my 'favorites' list. I have had the plants for about three years now.

      Richard Marker
      , Washington
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • Beautiful red fall color that lasts quite a while! Nice bright green in spring and summer.

      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 11 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Grew rather slowly on my Chicago deck last summer, but wintered over just fine in its container outside and is growing very well this summer.

      Container Queen
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • The yellow color is just the start of the good looks for this plant, both the spring and fall red accents are fantastic against the yellows.

      , Colorado
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • beautiful coloring. cute leaves. sweet little flowers. healthy and tough. if only someone would breed the hardy ones with not hardy(for zone 5). the tender barberies have exceptional flowers. this isn't a pillar, it's upright. hence 4 out of 5

      V. Gillman
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Good performer in the garden and the fall color is just wonderful.

      Christine Watten
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
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