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Red Leaf Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'

SKU
01200
Showy foliage is purple-red throughout the summer months, then turns a deep amber color in fall. Dense branching habit makes a superb hedge or barrier plant. Adds rich color to the landscape. Deciduous.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationBUR-bur-is thun-BER-jee-eye at-ro-pur-PUR-ee-uh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Fruit Poisonous, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBoxwood (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

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