Berberis thunbergii 'Goruzam' GOLDEN RUBY®

Dwarf Golden-edged Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Ruby'

Deciduous Shrub

"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! 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." —Great Plant Picks

Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Average, Low


Size: 12 - 18 tall x 18 - 24 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Birds, Dwarf / Compact Plant, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Burgundy / Maroon, Red
Fall Color: Red Orange, Reliable Fall Color

Flower Color: Yellow, Yellow / Gold, Chartreuse / Lime
Bloom Season: Spring

Fruit Description: Red

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Hedges and Screens, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Small Gardens
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water, Pest / Disease Resistance, Rabbit Resistant, Slug / Snail Resistant
Wildlife: Bees, Birds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Slug / Snail Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: front of border
Plant Behavior: Slow Growing
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos