Berberis thunbergii 'ATROPURPUREA NANA'

Berberis thunbergii
Berberis thunbergii 'ATROPURPUREA NANA'
Japanese barberry
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.8m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:burgundy red and green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Atropurpurea Nana is a red-leaved, dwarf variety of well-known barberry. Its deciduous leaves obovate to elliptic, emerge rich red, and if grown in full sun they turn deep burgundy red in summer and bright carmine red in autumn. New shoots are always red. Bottom leaves without much sunlight remain light green from spring till autumn. The plants form low, spreading shrubs with prostrate branches.

Barberries are renowned for their durability. Especially now, at times of fast climate changes and frequent whims of weather one likes to rely on something steady, solid, simply reliable. It can take mechanical damage, too, and quickly regenerates.

Japanese barberry tolerates most soil types provided it is well-drained, and given enough time and some initial care it can even cope with heavy clay. Grow it in full sun for best colour, yet it takes partial shade and full shade, too. It is fully hardy to min. -34°C (USDA zone 4) and suitable for growing in outdoor pots.

Last update 31-01-2018
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Berberis thunbergii 'ATROPURPUREA NANA' height 30-40 cm

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Berberis thunbergii f.atropurpurea
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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