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Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Torch'

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Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun
Bloom Time Spring
Soil Conditions Normal, Sandy, Clay/Heavy, Dry
Fall Color Orange, Red
Flower Color Yellow
Fruit Color Red
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 3-4' x 1.5-2'
A rare find! Golden Torch Barberry has leaves emerging with an incredible orange new growth that turns bright yellow as it ages. The yellow color holds up well in the sun without burning. When fall rolls around, the leaves turn a striking orange-gold color. This shrub easily transplants, is tolerant of drier soils and full sun. Pruning is not required unless changing shape or overall size. Wear leather gloves when working with Barberry.
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  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 3-4' x 1.5-2'
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Spring
Key features
  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Walnut Toxicity Resistant
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Deciduous Shrub - Golden Torch® Barberry

    A rare find! The Golden Torch Barberry is a McKay Nursery Company introduction into the U.S. from France.
  • This is a new cultivar of Barberry that leafs out with incredible orange new growth that turns bright yellow as it ages.
  • The yellow color holds up well in the sun without burning.
  • This shrub transplants easily, tolerates drier soils and full sun.
  • The mature size of this plant is about 3-4' tall and only getting about 20"" across, an interesting form in the landscape.
  • It transplants easily, tolerating dry soils and full sun.
  • Berberis (Barberry) can grow almost anywhere. Small bushes enhance a rock garden; larger kinds light up a border or form a burglar-proof hedge.
  • Barberry is very hardy (-13 degrees Fahrenheit) and deciduous kinds especially resist icy winds.
  • Berberis need full sun to flower and fruit freely, but will tolerate light shade.
  • Berberis prospers on a wide range of soils, from sand to heavy, often water logged clay.
  • Plant Barberry March, June-November.
Opening Plant Material
  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, remove. Now ready to plant. Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6"" or more, making sure it's wider on the sides.
Planting containers
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2"" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
Pruning - After Planting
  • Containers - Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • Prune in April – Apart from cutting back frost-damaged shoots in May, no regular pruning is needed. Renew old gaunt bushes by cutting back a third of the older stems to near ground level in April.
Watering - After Planting
  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

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Plant Sizing

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Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.


Shipping Dates by Region*


Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th


Shipping Dates by Season*


Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November


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