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BERBERIS thunbergii 'Bagatelle'

Image of Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Bagatelle'

James H. Schutte

Family

Berberidaceae

Botanical Name

BERBERIS thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Bagatelle'

Plant Common Name

Bagatelle Barberry, Purpleleaf Japanese Barberry

General Description

This purpleleaf Japanese barberry is a dwarf mounded shrub with very shiny purple-red leaves. Attractive bright red fruit persists into winter and has been known to self-sow.

Thorny, but still suitable for low hedges or edging, the Bagatelle barberry is also useful in the rock garden as a nice small accent plant. A tough plant, tolerant of many types of sites in full to partial sun locations.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Crimson, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Orange, Burgundy, Crimson, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edging, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes