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Berberis, Purple

B. thunbergii atropurpurea, Purple Japanese Barberry

Calculate how many plants you need to create a hedge
  • Root Type/Plant Size

    Bare Root Transplant, 40-60cm (16-24ins) (Pre-order (Plants not dormant))

  • £2.69
Size / Type Price per item for
1+ 5+ 50+ 250+
Price per item for 1+ 5+ 50+ 250+
Tr 40-60cm
£2.69
£2.19
£1.98
£1.75
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Tr = Bare Root Transplant

    All prices include VAT at 20%.

Compact but vigorous, easy to grow, deciduous, very prickly hedge with rounded, rich reddish-purple leaves which turn vivid red in autumn. In mid-spring, the small, red-tinged-yellow flowers contrast well against the foliage and these are followed by edible, glossy, tear-shaped, red berries in autumn which are attractive to wildlife as they provide seeds for birds. The flowers are nectar and pollen rich so are attractive to bees and other pollinating insects. Plant in full sun for the best leaf colours. Planted individually it makes a beautiful, easy to maintain, shrub.

HEDGE Trim in winter. For hedges 90cm - 1.5m (3 - 5ft). Plant 60cm (2ft) apart.

SHRUB 1.5 x 1.8m (5 x 6ft).

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Berberis, Purple is available as:

Tr = Bare Root Transplant

Bare-Root Plants (Transplants)

Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.

Transplanted plants have been lifted from the ground and replanted. This encourages a better fibrous root system and makes the plant stronger and bushier.

Availability

Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

Planting Distances for planting as a Hedge

We recommend planting Berberis, Purple in a single row 60cm/2ft apart.

To calculate the number of plants needed for a length of hedging, click on Planting Distance Calculator above.

Planting Guide & RootGrow

We recommend planting with RootGrow. The recommended amount for RootGrow for an order will be shown in your shopping basket.

We will send out a planting guide with your order, you also can find a guide to planting here.

Pruning

Hedging - As a general rule, plants grown for hedging need pruning to encourage side branching. Usually the harder a plant is pruned the bushier it will be. If they are not pruned there is a danger that the hedges will be thin and bare at the base and that the tips of the plants will die back. If the plant is naturally bushy, less or sometimes no pruning will be needed to achieve a dense hedge.

Berberis, Purple: Cut back by about one third the leading and long side shoots and repeat during the second winter.

    • SKU
      BERP4
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • RHS Plants for Pollinators
      Yes
    • Good for Wildlife/Bees
      Yes
    • Native
      No
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
      Deciduous
  • Soil and position
    • Suitable for any normal soil and position, and
      Suitable for Chalky Soil
      Suitable for Dry Shade
      Suitable for Windy Sites
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Hedge Height
      90-150cm (3-5ft)
    • Approx. Ultimate Height
      1.5m (5ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      30cm (1ft)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Bare Root Transplant, 40-60cm (16-24ins)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Bare Root