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Cultural Details for Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea

Common Name:
Purple-leaf Japanese Barberry

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Perfect, yellow, 0.33-0.5" across, borne on a 0.5" peticel, April-May, usually solitary, occasionally or in clusters of 2-4. Not showy; hidden by foliage.

Fruit Details:
Bright red, 0.33" long, ellipsoidal berry in October, and persisting into winter.

Fall Color:
Rich red to reddish purple.

Bark Details:
Reddish brown, angled or grooved stems, glabrous.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Species from Japan, variety Atropurpurea from Orleans, France.

Other Features:
Foliage assumes a reddish or purplish shade. Fruits provide an excellent winter interest.

Culture and Care:
Easilly transplanted, extremely adaptable, withstands dry conditions, tolerates urban conditions. Best in full sun, will not withstand extremely moist soils.

This plant was blooming:
4/14/2010 - 4/19/2010
4/22/2005 - 5/6/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 76

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.