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Golden Devine Dwarf Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Devine'

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Golden Devine Dwarf Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Devine') at River Street Flowerland

Golden Devine Dwarf Japanese Barberry

Golden Devine Dwarf Japanese Barberry

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Height:  18 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


This dwarf is a well-shaped mound of golden foliage, tinged with crimson then turning to orange in fall; very showy, great as a color contrast in the landscape; plant on slopes, in beds, as border

Ornamental Features

Golden Devine Dwarf Japanese Barberry has attractive chartreuse foliage edged in crimson throughout the season. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding orange in the fall. It has clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring, which are interesting on close inspection. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Devine Dwarf 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

Golden Devine Dwarf Japanese Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Golden Devine Dwarf Japanese Barberry will grow to be about 18 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 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features