The bright orange new growth of Sunjoy Neo barberry.
Sunjoy Neo barberry has bright orange foliage.
The summer foliage of Sunjoy Neo barberry.
Sunjoy Neo barberry has the brightest orange foliage of pretty much any plant.
Six specimens of Sunjoy Neo barberry growing in a garden bed.
Sunjoy Neo barberry has a rounded shape.

Sunjoy Neo® Barberry

If you’re looking for bold color with virtually no work, Sunjoy Neo barberry is the plant for you. In spring, its new growth emerges in the most shockingly vivid orange. It matures to a pleasing orange-red through the season, and then goes bright orange again in autumn. Like all barberries, it’s very easy to grow and care for, and is unbothered by deer or other pests.

Top reasons to grow Sunjoy Neo barberry:

  • Bright orange foliage shines out in the landscape
  • Super low maintenance
  • Deer resistant

Additional information

Dimensions2.5 × 2.5 ft
Botanical Name

<i>Berberis thunbergii</i> 'NCBT2' ppaf


5b, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun


Dry, Moist

Bloom Time



Borders, Containers, Edging, Mass Planting


Clay soil, Compact, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Foliage interest

Blooms On

Old wood


Dr. Tom Ranney, North Carolina State University

SKU: 03578 Plant Type:

Light: Full sun (6+hrs/day)

Soil: Any average, well-drained soil will do

Water: Average water needs; some drought tolerance once established

Fertilizing: Nothing special required; apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in early spring if desired

Pruning: Barberry needs little to no pruning, and that’s one of the things that people like about it. If you do wish to prune or trim, the best time to do that is in late spring/early summer, after the new growth for the season has emerged. Avoid cutting into any thick, woody stems that are thicker than pencil unless you are removing them completely.

Other notes: Barberry has thorns. Agricultural restrictions prevent all barberry varieties from being sold in or shipped to CT, IN, MA, ME, NH, NY, OH, VT, WI, WV. Proven Winners ColorChoice barberries are not available in Canada.

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