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Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark Purple and Dark Red in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Dark Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Japanese barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana'

Family

Berberidaceae


Berberis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with spiny shoots bearing simple, often spine-toothed leaves, and small yellow or orange flowers in axillary clusters or racemes, followed by small berries

'Atropurpurea Nana' is a deciduous dwarf shrub to 60cm, compact and bushy in habit, with spiny stems bearing purplish-red, obovate leaves, becoming brighter in autumn. Flowers small, pale yellow, followed by deep red berries

Synonym(s)

  • Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'
  • Berberis 'Little Favourite'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows in any soil except waterlogged. A sunny position will encourage fruiting and autumn colour

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Clay, Chalk, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or from semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens, Banks and Slopes, Coastal or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can be severely defoliated by sawflies

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews