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Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea is often confused with:
Berberis thunbergii Berberis thunbergii berries
Native alternative(s) for Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea:
Berberis canadensis Form
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Berberis thunbergii Berberis thunbergii berries
Berberis verruculosa Berberis verruculosa
Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy' Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'

Red Barberry Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea

Phonetic Spelling
ber-BER-is thun-BER-jee-eye at-ro-pur-PUR-ee-ah
Description

This dependable plant is a rounded, dense shrub with numerous branches and is easy to transplant. It can be used for a specimen, hedge or as barrier planting. Its texture is medium to fine. This plant dislikes wet feet and it can be quite aggresive and weedy in eastern North America.

 

 

More information on Berberis thunbergii.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Admiration'
  • 'Bagatelle'
  • 'Bailtwo'
'Admiration', 'Bagatelle', 'Bailtwo'
Tags:
#red#thorns#sun#deciduous#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#perennial#specimen#shrub#purple leaves#yellow flowers#weedy#red leaves#winter interest#fall interest#barrier#high maintenance#hedges#cpp#aggressive#deer browsing plant#spines#urban conditions tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Admiration'
  • 'Bagatelle'
  • 'Bailtwo'
'Admiration', 'Bagatelle', 'Bailtwo'
Tags:
#red#thorns#sun#deciduous#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#perennial#specimen#shrub#purple leaves#yellow flowers#weedy#red leaves#winter interest#fall interest#barrier#high maintenance#hedges#cpp#aggressive#deer browsing plant#spines#urban conditions tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Berberis
    Species:
    thunbergii
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought tolerant; tolerates range of soil types; tolerates urban conditions; seldom damaged by deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Fine
    Appendage:
    Spines
    Thorns
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    This plant has .3-in., bright red fruit in fall and winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Description:
    This plant has small, yellow flowers tinged with purple.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has alternate, simple, reddish to purplish leaves (best color in full sun). They are .5 to 1.3 in.-long and narrow at the base. Leaves are borne in clusters.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Hedge
    Security
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Urban Conditions
    Problems:
    Spines/Thorns
    Weedy