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Commonly known as Japanese barberry
leaves to 3cm (1¼in) long, fresh green above, bluish green beneath.
Red-tinged, pale yellow flowers.
Hedge Ideal for hedging
Medium shrub Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Dense, rounded, spiny shrub. Produces flowers along the branches, followed by ellipsoid, glossy red fruit.
Very hardy Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
Berries These plants have berries.
Good to know
wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.
Pests & Diseases
aphids, powdery mildew.
Place of origin
Racemes - umbel-like racemes of 2-5, rarely solitary, flowers 1cm (½in) long
Coastal / windswept
Entire see photos above
Obovate see photos above
Pruning group 2
Suitable for: Deciduous shrubs and trees that flower in Spring or early Summer on previous year's growth, including plants that produce new growth at or near ground level.
Pruning: Prune flowered shoots to strong buds. Cut back approximately 1/4 of old shoots to the base to promote replacement growth.
When: Annually, after flowering.
RHS groups 2 & 3
Tolerates all - any well-drained soil.
BERBERIS thunbergii 'Admiration'
BERBERIS thunbergii atropurpurea
BERBERIS thunbergii 'Aurea'
Buy Varieties of BERBERIS thunbergii
Compact, low growing variety with lovely orange-red leaves with a yellow edge. Good orange autumn colour
Best purple foliage berberis
Dwarf purple berberis
Bright gold foliage
Leaves purplish-red with greenish-yellow border
Deep reddish purple leaves on bright red stems
Leaves of young shoots purple, mottled silvery pink and bright rose, becoming purple later