Berberis thunbergii Golden Torch
Berberis Thunbergii Golden Torch
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Berberis thunbergii Golden Torch or Japanese Barberry Golden Torch
The Berberis thunbergii Golden Torch is a versatile, low growing little shrub that grows well in containers or in a partially shaded location in the garden. It’s a popular border plant, accent shrub, or can be used anywhere that you want to add a bit of colour.
When fully grown, the Berberis thunbergii stands 120 centimetres tall and about 60 centimetres wide. It grows in column fashion and doesn’t require any pruning to maintain its dainty pyramid form. The cheerful little shrub is a favourite in most cottage garden settings where its diminutive size is appreciated.
In the early spring months, the small shrub’s new foliage starts to appear in brilliant shades of orange. Even the stems of the shrub stand out in orange shades. In the spring, tiny white flowers appear but are often barely noticeable. However, the flowers do attract butterflies and bees to the garden. When the heat of summer arrives, the shrub’s brilliant pumpkin hue starts to fade to a bright yellow. Although the shrub’s established growth fades to yellow, any new growth that emerges on the plant during the summer appears in the same orange brilliance as the plant’s initial spring colours. When autumn arrives the small shrub again undergoes a colour metamorphosis as the cooling temperatures start to turn the plant a soft pink.
Many people might mistakenly believe that the Berberis thunbergii Golden Torch is a delicate shrub. However, it is actually exceptionally tough once established. It can withstand hot summers and live through dry soil conditions.
Plant the shrub in full sun or partial shade. It is a slow growing plant and may take up to 20 years before fully grown. When it comes to soil conditions, the Golden Torch isn’t picky. It will grow in acidic or alkaline soils. The tough shrub thrives in loam, chalk, clay, or sand.
The combination of beauty and steadfast hardiness makes the Berberis thunbergii Golden Torch a favourite shrub choice for beginners or advanced gardeners. If you are seeking a shrub that provides non-stop changing visual interest and only requires minimal care to thrive then the Golden Torch is an ideal shrub choice.
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