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Japanese Barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana'

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana' is wide growing and form red to dark red leaves

Japanese Barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana'


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Product information "Japanese Barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana'"

The Japanese barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana' is characterised by its dark red leaves and its broad, spreading habit.
Due to the dark red leaves, which take on a bright red autumn colour in autumn, the small Japanese barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana' is extremely pretty. Due to its broad, stocky growth, it can be used well for hedges and borders.
Red leaves all year round

The name Japanese barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana' suggests that this is a small-growing, red-leaved barberry. The leaves are very red in colour; they turn dark red over time and remain so until autumn, when they present a bright red autumn colour. Yellow to reddish flowers, which are popular with bees and other insects, appear in May. The flowers are a wonderful contrast to the red leaves.
Edible fruits

Later, small, red fruits develop; these are edible, however the thorned branches make picking a bit difficult. But those who take on the hardships of picking will be rewarded with healthy, but sour fruits. If the procedure is too much, you can buy dried berries. Then the fruits often stay on the plant until winter and they decorate the shrub even after the leaves fall off.
Japanese barberry, a fitting name

Sometimes this plant is also called dwarf purple barberry, but to me personally, the name Japanese barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana' seems more appropriate. Those who have had something to do with barberries know why. The branches are covered with long, thin thorns and make the work with barberries sometimes difficult, especially when harvesting the berries or cutting the plant. If you do not work with long pullovers and gloves, your arms and hands are quickly covered with blood.
But of course the gardener and garden owner is clever enough to protect himself/herself and to use this characteristic for his/her own benefit. Hedges made of barberries are very effective against unwanted visitors. Whether dogs that use your own garden as a public toilet without permission, or cats that dig their way through the loose soil of freshly created beds, they all do not dare through a dense barberry hedge, and if so, then only once. The only animals that feel comfortable in such hedges are friendly, small birds and insects, and they are welcome in every garden...
Robust and versatile

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana' grows only 50 cm high, but up to one meter wide. The branches grow bushy and dense, making this plant an ideal hedge plant. Due to the broad growth form, few plants are necessary and the dense growth rapidly forms an impenetrable mesh. The plant prefers acidic to slightly calcareous soils in a sunny to partially shaded location; the shadier the location, the greener the leaves.
Due to its high resistance to wind, heat, dryness and disease, the Japanese barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana' can also be used in extreme locations in the city or along roads. It is also very tolerant to pruning, even if cutting is usually not necessary. Should pruning be necessary, it can be more radical. In early spring, a slight contour cut or a cut to the old wood can be made.

Of course, the use of Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana' does not stop at borders and low hedges, even area plantings and planting in pots are easily possible. This barberry is also attractive as a small solitary plant in beds.
Short description of Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana'

Growth: Broad, densely branched

Final size: 0.6 m high and 1 m wide

Flowers: Yellow, may

Leaves: Dark red, the shadier the greener

Use: As a solitary plant, in groups, for hedges, in containers, borders, area plantings

Speciality: An important source of pollen, has edible fruits
  • Flowering Period May
  • Final height 40cm to 60cm
  • Final width 40cm to 100cm
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Fragrance slightly scented
  • Use beds/borders, for containers, for wild gardens, as a structural plant, as a groundcover, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, acidic, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour yellow
  • Leaf Colour red

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