Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea'
A small deciduous shrub, with rounded leaves opening bright yellow in spring and early summer, becoming yellowish-green later and very bushy. Its red-tinged pale yellow flowers in spring are small, then followed by shiny red berries.
This shrub is tough and hardy against frosts, liking a lightly acidic soil. If the pruning is done well with attention to detail then deciduous Berberis like others pruned in this group give the most back of all the shrubs. The new growth that comes after pruning from the base of the plant gives a vibrant and very attractive form. The stems form long uninterrupted growth from top to bottom, making lovely coloured arching stems that bloom incredibly at the start of Summer.
RHS Pruning group: 2