Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea
Japan, Eastern Asia, China and North America
Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea is also known as Purple Japanese Barberry and it is always a spectacular addition to the landscape where it brings a strong color accent from spring to fall. It grows from 12 in. to 6 ft. high and across, depending on varieties. This dense, arching, deciduous shrub features broadly oval, reddish-purple leaves which turn into brilliant red or red-orange shades in the fall. Tiny, scented, pale yellow flowers appear in mid-late spring but are insignificant in comparison to the foliage. They are followed by an abundant crop of bright red berries in the fall, which are attractive to birds and often remain on the spiny stems after the leaves have fallen, therefore extending the season of interest of this ornamental shrub through the winter.
Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea performs best in full sun or part shade sunlight and moderate watering. It requires average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. It is drought, pollution, deer, clay or dry soil tolerant.
It is commonly planted as an excellent choice of borders and as an informal screen or hedge.
In a pot, you will need to water the plant everyday during the summers and can cut down a bit during winters. Make sure this has a drainage hole at the bottom. For trees planted directly in the garden, you an water it once in 2-3 days for it to develop strong roots. Fertilise in the summer season only.
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