Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea
Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea
Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

Richly coloured, dense foliage.
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
RHS Perfect Pollinators
  • Wonderfully rich, deep purple foliage that changed to intense, bright red in autumn.
  • Yellow spring flowers loved by pollinating insects, followed by glossy red berries loved by birds in late summer.
  • Superb colour contrast in beds, borders and containers and an ideal low-growing hedge.
  • A neat, dense deciduous shrub for a sunny spot.
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 2 L pot, ready for planting, reaching a height and spread of 1.2 m (4ft).
2L Pot - Item: 511223
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Product Description

Also known as the Barberry, Berberis are attractive deciduous shrubs with spiney branches and small, oval leaves and are noted for their foliage colour.

Berberis thunbergia atropurpurea, the Japanese Barberry, is a handsome variety. It grows well in borders or pots and makes an excellent low-growing hedge. Thriving in a sunny or partially shaded location, it has dense, deep purple foliage and matching stems. The rich, dark colouring provides a wonderful contrast to the green shades of surrounding plants and it will make their flowers stand out to stunning effect.

Recommended by the RHS as a 'Plant for Pollinators', during March and April, small bright yellow flowers emerge, attracting bees and butterflies. These are followed in late summer by glossy, bright red berries that are a rich source of food for birds. In autumn the foliage turns to intense bright red before falling.

Berberis atropurpurea in completely hardy, drought tolerant and easy to grow and care for. Although it doesn’t require much pruning, it can be trimmed after flowering in spring. It will also respond well to being clipped to shape for hedging or topiary.

Supplied as an established plant in a 2 L pot, ready for planting, reaching a height and spread of 1.2 m (4ft).

What Is Supplied

Item 511223 supplied as:
Supplied as an established plant in a 2 L pot.

Plant Information

Top Tips

  • Grow in sun for the best leaf colour, as too much shade will turn the leaves green.

Care Guide

  • Winter hardy and low maintenance, berberis prefers well-drained soil in full sun or semi-shade - if planting in full sun, keep the plant well-watered.
  • To plant, firstly water your potted plant well.
  • Dig a hole a little deeper and 3 x wider than the nursery pot.
  • Add a soil conditioner such as well-rotted manure to the earth removed from the hole if necessary.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Place your plant in the hole at the same level at the pot then refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball and water well before adding a mulch around the base of the plant.
  • Keep plants well-watered, especially if grown in a pot, and feed with our specialist shrub feed.
  • Pruning is minimal, with a light trim after flowering, and any damaged or misplaced branches can be removed in autumn.
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Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
120cm
120cm
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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea
Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea
2L Pot
Item: 511223
Only £9.99