Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea
Purple (Red) Leafed Japanese Barberry
BER-ber-is thun-BER-jee-a at-ro-pur-PEWR-ree-a
- Deciduous shrub, (similar to the species), 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m), very dense, rounded form, thorny, foliage is reddish or purplish in summer and red in fall.
- Full sun needed to develop color. Not fussy, but prefers acid or neutral soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Originated in France in about 1913. Vegetatively and seed propagated.
- Many cultivars have been selected from this form (var. atropurpurea), including:
- Bagatelle - dwarf, more compact and smaller leaves than Crimson Pigmy.
- Cherry Bomb® (Monobm) - color similar to Crimson Pigmy, but more open branching, slow growing to 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m) tall and wide.
- Crimson Pigmy - dwarf, reddish purple foliage, low growing, about 2 ft tall and 3 ft wide (0.6 × 0.9 m).
- Golden Ring - reddish purple leaves with a yellow-green border around the margin, only noticeable when viewed close-up.
- Red Chief - glossy purple leaves in late spring, become greenish purple when mature and a bright orange-purple in fall.
- Rose Glow - new foliage is rose-pink, mottled with deeper red-purple splotches, matures to a deep reddish purple.
- Royal BurgundyTM - dwarf, rounded form, deep burgundy foliage becoming black-red in fall.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south side of Wiegand.