Berberis is a genus of evergreen and deciduous, spiny shrubs with small leaves. They usually bear yellow flowers in early spring and small, red or black fruits in winter. They take on bright hues in autumn.
Latin name: Berberis thunbergii "Atropurpurea"
They grow in full sun or part shade and do well in all kinds of soil.
Plant in full sun, however, and in fertile, well-drained soils, in order to achieve better foliage colour and richer flowering.
Plant in hedges and in rock gardens. Formative pruning can take place.
Propagated mainly by semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings.
It is the most common variety of the species. Deciduous plant with red leaves and yellow flowers in spring. Ideal plant for colourful and spiny hedges.