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Berberis thunbergii - 'Atropurpurea Nana'

Berberis thunbergii - 'Atropurpurea Nana'
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Alpine, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Spring), Purple Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Berberis thunbergii - Cultivation Notes

Berberis will flourish in most well drained soils, tolerating all but the poorest of soils. Plant in full sun for best foliage and flowering. Berberis is fully hardy - tolerating exposed locations. Prune to shape in spring - removing older wood to base.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Berberis thunbergii:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations

Weaknesses of Berberis thunbergii

  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!

Design & Plant Use for Berberis thunbergii:

  • Provides extended interest with blossom, berries and autumn colour
  • Low growing alpine plant flourishing in a dry sunny location
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils

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Common Missspellings: Berbaris, Berberas, Barberis, Burbaris, Burberis

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