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24 Karat Gold Dwarf Barberry*

Berberis thunbergii '24Kagozam'

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24 Karat Gold Dwarf Barberry (Berberis thunbergii '24Kagozam') at Alsip Home and Nursery

24 Karat Gold Dwarf Barberry

24 Karat Gold Dwarf Barberry

(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  18 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


A beautiful small shrub for bringing color into the landscape; soft orange new foliage matures to bright gold, finally turning a deeper orange in fall: also has attractive flowers and showy red fruits after the leaves fall

Ornamental Features

24 Karat Gold Dwarf Barberry is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy crimson drupes carried in abundance from early to late fall. It has attractive gold foliage which emerges orange in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding orange in the fall. It features tiny clusters of white flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds.

Landscape Attributes

24 Karat Gold Dwarf Barberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

24 Karat Gold Dwarf Barberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

24 Karat Gold Dwarf Barberry will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features