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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

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Purple Berberis hedging

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The Purple Barberry, Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea has beautiful dark purple foliage against which yellow flowers and in autumn deep orange berries. The rich orange and red autumn colour is a popular feature. A fantastic prickly hedge which is ideal for colourful edging to paths and borders.

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Purple Barberry hedge (Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea) description

The Purple Japanese Berberis produces soft oval foliage that is a rich, dark purple. Where the leaves are caught in bright sunlight a purplish-red glow can be admired. In the spring and summer yellow flowers are borne which stand out wonderfully against the velvet-like purple foliage. The flowers of Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea are closely followed by deep orange, glossy berries that hang like teardrops on the undersides of arching branches. As the season progresses these orange berries turn scarlet red and are a welcome treat for wildlife. The foliage develops a fiery display of orange and red before falling to leave nothing but the bare branches and their harsh thorns until the bright purple-red new foliage of the next spring.

Best uses for Purple Berberis hedges

A perfect intruder deterrent, Purple Berberis is small enough to be kept beneath a window or used as an alternative to Box for path edging (we've seen this at Prince Charles' country house Highgrove). Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea will tolerate full shade, though autumn colour, flowering and foliage colour will be better in sun or partial shade. This prickly plant is suited to coastal and exposed sites and is happy in any soil that isn'’t wet. Purple Japanese Barberry makes colourful garden hedging, and is often used for landscape gardening. It is ideal when used as a dark foil for other plants and can be left to bush and arch naturally or, kept trimmed, looks neat and formal.

Combine Purple Barberry plants with

Consider growing with Green Berberis (Berberis thunbergii) for a colour mix, or combine with Barberry Rose Glow (Berberis thun. 'Rose Glow') which has mottled purple, pink and cream variegated foliage. Of course, Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea looks stunning grown alone. If a mix of shrubs for hedging is your preference, then check out our Mixed Tapestry Hedging packs.

Growth rate of Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

Expect 10-15cm a year from this Purple Berberis and a final height of up to 1m.

Care advice for Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea hedging

To keep this Purple Berberis in good nick trim after flowering. Please view the Best 4 Hedging Care and Planting instructions in our Advice section.

Recommended planting density for Purple Japanese barberry hedge plants

For information on planting density please see the product table above. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type.

For the most part our Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea hedge plants are grown here in the UK by our horticultural experts with decades of growing experience. Now and again we buy Purple Japanese Barberry  from carefully chosen horticultural authorities outside of the United Kingdom, where we are positive that quality can’t be beaten. At Best4hedging we always do our utmost to ensure that your plants arrive in the freshest condition and that they are the finest quality, whilst maintaining our excellent prices, so you can buy Berberis hedging plants online with total assurance of their quality and the excellent service that we will provide you with.

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Purple Barberry / Purple Thunburgii Berberis Hedge Plants reviews

We ask all customers to provide their opinion to an independent feedback company. We cannot edit which comments appear and which do not, so the following reviews offer a true representation of our customers experience and we are very proud of our huge number of Excellent reviews. The comments on this page apply to this species/product specifically - to see the full feedback from all customers please visit Best4Hedging's Feefo profile.

Feedback for Purple Barberry / Purple Thunburgii Berberis Hedge Plants has been compiled from 14 customer reviews

Date Product Score Customer Comment

Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Berberis darwinii hedge plants
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Good healthy looking plant
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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Viburnum opulus hedge plants
  • Philadelphus 'Belle étoile'
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  • Osmanthus × burkwoodii hedging
  • Olearia × haastii shrubs
  • Juneberry shrubs
  • Hardy Fuchsia shrubs
  • Photinia 'Little Red Robin'
  • Cotoneaster lacteus hedge
  • Escallonia 'Iveyi'
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5* *******************************************
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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Berberis x stenophylla hedge plants
  • Berberis darwinii hedge plants
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Poor
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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Digging Spade
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one was dead another was very dry but should survive. these two were significantly shorter than the other 10.

Not exactly 'perfect' as you say below...
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On 13-Jun-2018 the supplier responded:
Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm very sorry that one of the plants arrived dead. We ask can you please email in some images of the plants that are shorter and we will assist further to resolve this for you.

We want to supply the best possible hedging as possible, please email your images to [email protected] and if you would like to discuss this further with us please ring us on 01257 261 243.

I will also arrange for another digging spade to be sent to you free of charge.

Kind Regards,
Dale, Best4hedging

Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

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  • Price Slashed Packs
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Excellent
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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

+

nice size plants in good condition
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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

++

very healthy even out of season
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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Berberis x ottawensis hedge plants
  • Berberis x stenophylla hedge plants
  • Berberis darwinii hedge plants
  • Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow'
  • Berberis julianae hedging
++

Excellent
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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Blackthorn hedge plants
  • RHS Endorsed Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi
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Only planted this week, but seem to be doing well
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Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Berberis darwinii hedge plants
  • RHS Endorsed Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi
  • Bone Meal Root Builder
  • Pyracantha coccinea 'Red Column' hedge plants
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Arrived well packaged & in good condition
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