Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

The deciduous berberis species and varieties are all tough and easy to grow. B. thunbergii is one of the least demanding and available in a number of lovely varieties. It is an extremely popular combination of colours that provide interest all year round - even in winter the stems are reddish purple, like the leaves before they catch fire in autumn. The yellow flowers contrast well with the foliage, while the bright red berries are conspicuous for several months.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Species: thunbergii

Cultivar: f. atropurpurea

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to plant seeds: October to November

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