Red Leaf Barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’)

Red Leaf Barberry

  • Scintillating Deep Crimson Foliage
  • Vibrant Accent All Through the Growing Season
  • Leaves Turn a Rich Red with Golden Overtones for Fall Color
  • Densely Mounded Shrub
  • Graceful Branches Arch Up and Out
  • Thorns Make This a Great Barrier Hedge
  • Small Yellow Flowers and Red Berries
  • Birds Love These Beautiful Shrubs
  • Nature Hills Follows Every Federal and State Regulations for Plant Material
  • Only Shipped into Compliant Areas
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Deer and Disease Resistant

Oh, if you can safely grow these delightfully colorful shrubs in your community—there is nothing like their lovely depth of color. Type in your zip code in our Zone Finder, located above the Plant Highlights to find out.

Beautiful Red Leaf Barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’) is flat-out gorgeous. The foliage itself is shaped like a tiny, rounded teardrop.The longer you look at this shrub, the more it seems to simply glow from within.

Very small yellow flowers develop into red berries in fall. Birds love them, and in some areas, Red Leaf Barberry performs “too well.”

We follow all federal and state regulations to the letter. In fact, we’ve invested in the Green Industry’s premier online regulation software, Plant Sentry™. That system blocks shipment of all invasive plant material.

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In the right setting, these amazing accent shrubs work hard at being beautiful. Use a long row of them as a fantastic hedge.

Thorns are located along the branches, so you’ll be able to direct traffic and protect your property with this variety. Red Leaf Barberry makes a great deterrent under windows and at your property line.

Living fences are less expensive than hardscape, and they have the advantage of providing shelter for local songbirds.

The leaves intensify into deep red with a golden overcast in the fall. Barberries have an inner fire that can be a bit mesmerizing, if you take the time to look closely. This could be one of the prettiest foliage plants available.

How to Use Red Leaf Barberry in the Landscape

You’ll see these used to punctuate points of transition in the landscape. Add one at the corner of your house, or repeat several along a curved or serpentine garden border.

If you are on a corner lot, you’ll know that the struggle is real. This plant tells the neighborhood to “stay off the grass”, but in a handsome way.

Add them as a colorful hedge to jazz up the visual impact of mature evergreens or windbreaks. Create a solid screen by planting them two and a half feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Deer don’t seem to like the experience of nibbling on Barberry. Use this as a barrier around your Victory Garden to keep the deer away.

Use these low-maintenance shrubs in commercial landscapes, too. That bold color will certainly catch the eye of passersby. Just ensure you give at least five feet of room away from the sidewalk.

Underplant these with the DAZZLEBERRY Sedum line. You’ll love the complementary colors, and the contrasting form.

These plants work so well with Roses, Ornamental Grasses, Black Eyed Susan, Yucca Filamentosa and smaller shrubs like Spirea. To be frank, just about any plant can partner with this one.

A Bird’s Nest Spruce looks wonderful planted in front, and slightly to one side of a Red Leaf Barberry. Add decorative river rock mulch underneath and presto, you’ll have an instant garden focal point.

Let your imagination run with these unique plants. They’ll help you maximize the curb appeal of your home, business or both.

Tips for Care

Barberries develop the best color in full sun and well-drained soils for best results. The color just won’t be as bright in partially shaded locations.

Pruning in late winter is only required to change its shape or overall size. Wear thick, leather gloves before working with Barberry.

In early spring, use a fertilizer formula for acid-loving plants according to label directions. Add a thick layer of pine bark or pine straw mulch over the root system, which will also help keep the soil slightly acidic.

Water it well after you unbox it. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to the last few inches of backfill soil to encourage roots with symbiotic, beneficial ingredients. It will help your plant access water and micronutrients over the whole lifespan.

We recommend you use the “Finger Test” while your plant is young. Poke your finger into the soil near the plant.

Does the soil feel moist? Skip watering, and check again tomorrow. Is the soil starting to get dry? Drag the hose out and saturate the area.

Keep your plant watered during each summertime. As you head into fall, give them a long drink before the cold winter sets in.

You’ll love the outstanding performance and amazing foliage color of Red Leaf Barberry.

Red Leaf Barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’) Details

Common name Red Leaf Barberry
Botanical name Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 4 ft.
Width 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Yellow