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The Golden Abundance barberry is a large and robust evergreen shrub that produces many upright stems that easily grows 6-8 ft. tall. It develops and spreads by underground rhizomes to eventually form plants 6-10 ft. wide. Leathery foliage is dark glossy green and divided into 7-9 leaflets with sharp spines on margins. Large clusters of showy yellow flowers occur in late winter to mid spring; powdery blue berries mature in late summer through fall.

Berberis Golden Abundance is a highly adaptable native plant with handsome foliage character, striking flowers and good tolerance of heat, sun and aridity. It is best adapted to dry and warm conditions throughout the Inland Empire when it is grown in partial shade. It grows easily with plants of the Western Sycamore garden palette and functions well as a screen, background and flowering accent plant with periodic summer water.

Water Needs

The golden abundance barberry does best without too much moisture stress. Young plants need moderate amounts of moisture throughout the year; mature plants grow well with periodic deep irrigation in the summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water, however, this cultivar does best within the higher moisture range.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Moderate Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 3

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 2x to 3x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 2x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 2" to 3" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 2" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3"

Range of supplemental summer water: 9"-16"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-15"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Robust, Clumping
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 6 ft. - 8 ft.
Width: 6 ft. - 10 ft.
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Winter, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Aridity, Partial sun
Function: Wildlife value, Screening, Flowering accent plant, Background plant, Attracts butterflies


Prune by heading back as much of the new-ish growth as desired and shape to encourage long-term nice form and branching pattern in May (1). Pruning of older stems should always either fully remove them or cut back to 12" or lower from the ground to maintain the plant's attractive form.



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