Sunjoy Gold Pillar Barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Maria’)

Sunjoy Gold Pillar Barberry

The Sunjoy® Gold Pillar Barberry ( Berberis thunbergii ‘Maria’) is a deciduous shrub with brilliant foliage. Growing in a wide columnar fashion, it would look great as a short hedge or border along a walkway! Particularly prized for its bright, yellow foliage that maintains its brilliance all summer long. The one-inch leaves emerge in scarlet raiment when spring arrives then quickly adopt their golden glory.

Light-yellow flowers appear in the spring, but you may not notice them. They will however be useful in drawing pollinators to your yard! Big fat bumblebees will be dangling from them all spring! When fall approaches they briefly return to their red origins again, but this time with a decidedly brighter, orange hue as well, which is quite spectacular to behold.

Barberry has a long history of medicinal uses dating back more than 2,000 years. It’s also sometimes used cosmetically and even in some crafts. These are low-maintenance and easy-to-care-for shrubs for a wide range of growing zones!

Planting and Application:

These narrower plants make perfect hedges and property definition without taking up any room! Staying small and narrow, they are great screening and low privacy that also adds phenomenal color! Those thorns make anyone, or anything, think twice before crossing your hedge. Narrow enough to add a pop of color among existing mixed-shrub borders and to really highlight your home’s front foundation!

The size also makes this deciduous shrub perfect for unique planter additions! Add colorful vertical thrillers to stylish urns and porch pots to add dramatic elements throughout a garden bed, landscaped gravel bed or formally lining a narrow pathway.

  • Ornamental Shrub with Brilliant Foliage
  • Outstanding Fall Color
  • Tiny Blossoms for Pollinators
  • Upright Columnar Habit
  • Great Thorny Deterrent & Hedge

Tips for Care:

Gold Pillar is very adaptable and tolerant of many conditions, so won’t require a lot of care from you. Another useful feature of this particular cultivar is that it won’t suffer leaf scorch like some other yellow Barberry will, making it a superior selection among Barberry choices.

  • Full Sun – No Leaf Burn
  • Moderate Moisture & Mulch
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance & Prune Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant

No matter what the Sunjoy® Gold Pillar Barberry bush is used for, none will compare to its use as an uncommonly beautiful addition to your landscape.

Sunjoy Gold Pillar Barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Maria’) Details

Common name Sunjoy Gold Pillar Barberry
Botanical name Berberis thunbergii 'Maria'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4 - 8
Growth rate Medium
Height 3 - 4 ft.
Width 1 - 2 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Yellow
Leaf color Gold