Berberis thunbergii 'Maria' ('Sunjoy® Gold Pillar')

Sunjoy® Gold Pillar Barberry




Patents: PP#18082

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Parent: Berberis thunbergii

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 7

Size: 3 to 4' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


New growth has red tones, turning to a bright chartreuse green to gold, then orange and red fall color. Columnar growth. Does not burn in full sun.


From patent application:

The new Barberry is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the Inventors in Kuroska, Poland... The new Barberry originated from an open pollination in 1998 of the Berberis thunbergii cultivar Aurea, not patented, as the female, or seed, parent with an unknown selection of Berberis thunbergii, as the male, or pollen, parent. The cultivar Maria was discovered and selected by the Inventors in 2001 as a single plant from within the progeny of the stated open pollination in a controlled environment in Kuroska, Poland.

Introduced by Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, MI.

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon at Nurseries Caroliniana in September 2010 and planted it near the garage path to the back. It grew a little almost immediately and had beautiful color in the autumn, lasting into winter. It has consistently done well although the name pillar is a little misleading as it has a more vase-shaped form than a pillar.

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