Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea is an easily grown shrub. The Red Japanese Barberry grows in full sun
to rather dense shade. The creamy fragrant flowers bloom in the early to mid-Spring, there are edible
berries in the summer, and fall foliage color as the nights get cold. Hiding under each of the red leaves
is a rather wicked thorn. The Japanese Barberry has become an invasive pest in the Northeast and Eastern
Canada and another plant should be chosen for these areas. The Red Japanese Barberry grows 5-6 feet tall
and 3-5 feet wide. Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea is widely tolerant of wet or dry gardens. Plants are
often used for an informal hedge or for the contrast of their striking red foliage. The Red Japanese
Barberry is Winter hardy to zone 4.
High resolution photos of Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea are part of our garden image collection.