Sunjoy Tangelo barberry in spring, surrounded by blooming daffodils.
Three specimens of Sunjoy Tangelo barberry growing in a garden near a spruce tree.
A close look at the foliage of Sunjoy Tangelo barberry showing its orange color and the chartreuse ring that develops in summer.
Sunjoy Tangelo barberry appears to be glowing, thanks to its orange new growth and mature green foliage.
Two specimens of Sunjoy Tangelo barberry.
Sunjoy Tangelo barberry has orange, red, and green foliage in summer.
The new growth of Sunjoy Tangelo barberry is stunning orange.
As the orange foliage of Sunjoy Tangelo barberry matures, it turns chartreuse green.
A young specimen of Sunjoy Tangelo barberry in late spring.
Sunjoy Tangelo barberry has a natural rounded habit and red orange foliage.
Sunjoy Tangelo barberry growing under a tree.
Sunjoy Tangelo barberry in a garden where its orange foliage contrasts with surrounding blue flowers.

Sunjoy® Tangelo Barberry

Bright, bold Sunjoy Tangelo barberry brings the color to your landscape or garden. In early spring, its foliage emerges a brilliant orange. As the season progresses, its leaves develop an appealing chartreuse ring around the edge which creates an eclipse-like effect and adds depth to the planting. Come autumn, the plant is ablaze in tones of red and orange. Sunjoy Tangelo barberry shines out in the landscape and it makes an excellent companion to conifers, especially those with blue tones like juniper and blue spruce. It needs no pruning to maintain its neat shape, and resists pests and diseases (including deer!) for a truly low maintenance experience.

Why grow Sunjoy Tangelo barberry?

  • Vivid orange foliage brings color and cheer to the landscape or garden
  • Needs no pruning or fussing
  • Highly deer resistant

Additional information

Dimensions3 × 3 ft
Botanical Name

<i>Berberis thunbergii</i> 'O'Byrne' PP#26,546


4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Orange, Red






Full Sun


Average, Dry, Well-drained

Bloom Time



Low Hedges, Mass Planting


Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant

Blooms On

Old wood


Ernest and Marietta O'Byrne, Eugene, Oregon

SKU: 03868 Plant Type:

Plant Care

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.