Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
BERBERIS thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana'
Dwarf Purple Japanese Barberry, Purpleleaf Japanese Barberry
Dwarf purple Japanese barberry is a compact deciduous shrub with four-seasons of interest. It’s most admired for its dense stems of red-purple foliage. These are covered with less desirable fine, thin thorns. In spring it bears tiny clusters of yellow flowers, which are followed by glossy red berries. The berries feed birds in fall and winter and thorns discourage deer from browsing.
Grow Japanese barberry in full sun to partial shade and any well-drained soil. If grown in full sun it will have better foliage color and fruit more heavily. Pruning or trimming should be done after bloom time. Drought tolerant and tough, barberry withstands otherwise stressful growing conditions, which is why it is often favored for urban or pedestrian plantings. The dwarf form is suited to rock gardens, foundation plantings or small hedges.
Barberry is prone to canker and dieback, fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, root rot, Verticillium wilt, and wide variety of rusts. It has a tendency to self-sow and may be considered invasive in some regions.
8 - 5
5 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm
30"-36" / 76.2cm - 91.4cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Red, Crimson, Dark Red
Purple, Dark Red
Purple, Orange, Burgundy, Crimson, Dark Red
Container, Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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