Berberis thunbergii ‘Goruzam’ GOLDEN RUBY®

dwarf golden-edged Japanese barberry

  • © LCN Selections / Maria Zampini

  • © LCN Selections / Maria Zampini

  • © LCN Selections / Maria Zampini

Outstanding Qualities

This showy little barberry packs a lot of color into a small space. In spring glowing orange-red foliage emerges at the same time that clusters of small pale yellow blushed red flowers open on short thorny branches. As the foliage matures it deepens to a burgundy-red with a thin bright gold ring edging each leaf. This colorful show will last into autumn until it turns a rich mix of bright orange and brick-red. All of this on a dwarf shrub!

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering; regular watering in sandy soils

Seasonal Interest: from the time it leafs out in spring to the autumn this dwarf barberry creates a colorful show in the garden

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: rabbits, deer, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’, Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’, Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’, Cotoneaster procumbens ‘Queen of Carpets’

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, purple, yellow

Great Color Partners: bronze, green, orange

Culture Notes
This dwarf barberry prefers a location in full sun for the best foliage color. It will grow best in a site with well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay. Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry weather, but prefers regular watering in sandy soils.
Geek Notes
This barberry plant was created in 1978 by artificial pollination of two dwarf shrubs, Berberis thunbergii `Atropurpurea Nana` and Berberis thunbergii `Bogozam` BONANZA GOLD (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 8,215). It was selected out of all of the seedlings in 1980 and patented and introduced in 2006, twenty-eight years after the cross was made.