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Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea (Red Japanese barberry)

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea Photo/Illustration: Daryl Beyers

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea BER-ber-iss thun-BER-jee-eye forma at-tro-per-per-EE-ah Common Name: Red Japanese barberry Genus: Berberis
Red Japanese barberry is a deciduous shrub with multi-season interest. Most striking are the deep reddish purple inch-long leaves. In spring, scented yellow flowers appear on arching stems. This barberry is an excellent hedge pland, and it also looks good in the middle to rear of beds and borders. Watch out for the brittle, three-pronged thorns. -Gerald Gibbens, Regional Picks: Northwest, Fine Gardening issue#120
Noteworthy characteristics: Reddish purple leaves; fragrant flowers; thorny stems. Japanese barberry is listed as an invasive plant for much of the U.S.
Care: Provide full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Each year, before new growth appears, prune on the oldest stems to maintain the plant's proportions. Beware of the thorns.
Problems: Nothing serious.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Fragrant Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Spring; Late Spring; Spring
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Hedge
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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