Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’

Red-Leaf Japanese Barberry

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Shrubs

Evergreen-Deciduous: Deciduous

Overall Mature Size: Medium

Also Grown As: Bush

Mature Height & Spread: 4-6' x 4-6'

Natural Growth Habit: Rounded

Native To: Japan

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Insignificant

Bloom Time: Spring

Special Features: Attracts Birds/Butterflies / Cold Hardy / Deer Resistant / Desert Conditions / Fall Color / Hedge / Intermountain Conditions

Container Sizes: #1, #5

Sunset Garden Zones: 2b-24

A Bit More

Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’ is a quick-growing shrub with attractive purple-red foliage.  Japanese Barberry (as it is called commonly) is adaptable to the urban environment, as it can handle a fair amount of pollution and the occasional spell of drought.  Berberis needs reasonable drainage though; standing water or excessively wet soil will cause it to suffer.  Full sun produces the best leaf color, but ‘Atropurpurea’ can take light shade as well.  To maintain shape and prevent invasiveness, prune the dormant branches of Berberis before the new buds open, but do take care to avoid the substantial thorns.  Plant Berberis ‘Atropurpurea’ as an accent in the middle or background of a bed, where the color allows foreground plants to really pop.  Planted in a row, they make and effective barrier hedge.

A Bit More

Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’ is a quick-growing shrub with attractive purple-red foliage.  Japanese Barberry (as it is called commonly) is adaptable to the urban environment, as it can handle a fair amount of pollution and the occasional spell of drought.  Berberis needs reasonable drainage though; standing water or excessively wet soil will cause it to suffer.  Full sun produces the best leaf color, but ‘Atropurpurea’ can take light shade as well.  To maintain shape and prevent invasiveness, prune the dormant branches of Berberis before the new buds open, but do take care to avoid the substantial thorns.  Plant Berberis ‘Atropurpurea’ as an accent in the middle or background of a bed, where the color allows foreground plants to really pop.  Planted in a row, they make and effective barrier hedge.