Red Leaf Japanese Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Botanical Pronunciation||BUR-bur-is thun-BER-jee-eye at-ro-pur-PUR-ee-uh|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.|
|Design Ideas||This spreading Barberry is a great all-purpose plant that fills in beds and borders with showy bronze and purple foliage, flowers and berries. A little purple goes a long way though, so use sparingly. In groups of three or more, it creates a naturalistic planting in larger spaces. In smaller gardens, use it as a single purple accent plant and surround it with perennials. Line up several as a protective barrier hedge. Makes a fine background shrub for fence lines and to cover foundations. Avoid planting where you need access to meters, crawl spaces and the like.|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage|
|Landscape Use||Barrier, Border, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Fruit Poisonous, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Boxwood (Buxus); False Cypress (Chamaecyparis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela)|
Thrives in average, well-drained soil; avoid wet, poorly drained sites. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune annually in late winter to shape.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8