Berberis Stenophylla is commonly known as the Golden Barberry. It’s a tall evergreen shrub with bright yellow flowers that’s perfect for hedging and security planting. It holds the RHS AGM.
Berberis is native to Europe, Asia and America. It has a particularly tough nature and grows well in the UK where it’s been used since the 1860s. The foliage of Golden Barberry is small, leathery and dark green with sharp spines growing between leaves. Foliage remains on the shrub’s arching branches year-round providing cover for birds and keeping intruders such as cats at bay. In springtime Golden Barberry lives up to its name producing a flush of bright yellow flowers that are tiny but profuse along its stems. The flowers mature into small blue berries in autumn.
Height and Spread of Berberis Stenophylla This is a tall and dense spreading shrub that can reach 3 metres in all directions but can be kept smaller with a yearly prune.
How Hardy Is Berberis Stenophylla Golden Barberry is hardy and able to withstand wet UK winters with sub-zero temperatures if its roots are well-drained. Once established it can withstand drought and is rarely bothered by pests.
How To Use Berberis Stenophylla Golden Barberry is a popular hedging shrub and will tolerate coastal areas. It forms flowering informal hedgerows or security fences due to its spines, and will happily grow along a fenceline to provide you with extra intruder protection.
This is also a great choice for wildlife-friendly gardens because its dense branches provide nesting habitats for birds and the autumn fruits are blackbird favourites. The flush of yellow springtime flowers is attractive to native pollinators too.
How To Care for Berberis Stenophylla Golden Barberry is a tough and hardy shrub that needs little care. It will grow in the majority of well-drained soils from acid to alkaline in full sun or partial shade. Water well until established and apply a thick layer of mulch around the roots in spring for the best flowering display. There’s no need to prune, but if you want to maintain a shape or keep the size down trim branches after flowering or fruiting.