Berberis thunbergii Golden Ruby Berberis thunbergii Golden Ruby
Berberis thunbergii Golden Ruby
Berberis thunbergii Golden Ruby

Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Ruby'

Wonderful foliage colour.
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
RHS Perfect Pollinators
  • Stunning coral red leaves edged with gold that turn to bright yellow in autumn.
  • Yellow spring flowers loved by pollinating insects, followed by glossy red berries loved by birds in late summer.
  • A neat, compact variety, ideal for growing in pots or as a low hedge for edging borders and pathways.
  • Superb colour contrast when planted with green leaved plants.
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 9 cm pot, ready for planting, reaching a height and spread of 60 cm (2 ft).
9cm Pot - Item: 510780
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Product Description

Also known as the Japanese Barberry, Berberis are attractive deciduous shrubs with spiney branches and small, oval leaves that are grown mainly for their foliage colour.

An extremely attractive compact variety, Berberis thunbergia ‘Golden Ruby’ has incredibly striking coral red foliage. Its leaves develop a beautiful golden edge as they mature, further enhancing the plants good looks. When autumn arrive, the leaves turn bright yellow in a stunning crescendo of colour before they fall.

Recommended by the RHS as a 'Plant for Pollinators', during March and April, small bright yellow flowers emerge, attracting bees and butterflies. These are followed in late summer by glossy, bright scarlet berries that are a rich source of food for birds.

Berberis are completely hardy, drought tolerant and easy to grow and care for. Although they don’t require much pruning, they can be trimmed after flowering in spring. It will also respond well to being clipped to shape for hedging.

Supplied as an established plant in a 9 cm pot, ready for planting, reaching a height and spread of 60 cm (2 ft).

What Is Supplied

Item 510780 supplied as:
Supplied as an established plant in a 9 cm pot.

Plant Information

Top Tips

  • Grow in sun for the best leaf colour, as too much shade will turn the leaves green.

Care Guide

  • Winter hardy and low maintenance, berberis prefers well-drained soil in full sun or semi-shade - if planting in full sun, keep the plant well-watered.
  • To plant, firstly water your potted plant well.
  • Dig a hole a little deeper and 3 x wider than the nursery pot.
  • Add a soil conditioner such as well-rotted manure to the earth removed from the hole if necessary.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Place your plant in the hole at the same level at the pot then refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball and water well before adding a mulch around the base of the plant.
  • Keep plants well-watered, especially if grown in a pot, and feed with our specialist shrub feed.
  • Pruning is minimal, with a light trim after flowering, and any damaged or misplaced branches can be removed in autumn.
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Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
30cm
30cm
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Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Ruby'
Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Ruby'
9cm Pot
Item: 510780
Only £9.99