Berberis thunbergii seed
Different appeal and enjoys the attention of gardeners decorative form of barberry Atropurpurea, which appears in the description of elegant foliage-dark purple, Burgundy, scarlet-red. In my group is the tall shrub in the adult species reaching 1.5–1.8 m. the Skeletal branches of his erect, side shoots numerous, slender, drooping. They give the crown a spherical shape. The variety grows slowly (20-30 cm per year), while rising up and spreading wide. Seeds require cold stratification 90-120 days.
Berberis darwinii, Darwin’s Barberry, Orange flowered Hardy Ornamental Shrub from Southern Argentina and Chile, first described by Charles Darwin on his voyage on the Beagle in 1835 and named in his honour.
It is a great medium sized evergreen shrub with small prickly holly like leaves. Ideal for a spot at the back of the border or as part of an evergreen hedge or topiary. They do well in well drained but moist sites in full sun, but is quite tolerant of other soil types, sites and moisture. It grows to around 8′ (2.4m) high and 10′ (3m) across, producing flowering spikes with clusters of bright orange flowers, from Spring through to Autumn which are followed by purple – blue berries. Long flowering period, great for pollinators and berries are devoured by birds. If you beat them to it, they make excellent preserves: Jam, Jelly etc.
Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’, Purple Japanese Barberry, Yellow flowered, Purple leaved Hardy Ornamental shrub from Japan and eastern Asia. Great purple foliage and contrasting yellow flowers!
Berberis thunbergii fma. atropurpurea like the other species is an excellent medium sized deciduous shrub but can also be trimmed into low hedges and topiary. It does well in well drained but moist sites in full sun or semi-shade, but is quite tolerant of other soil types, sites and moisture. It is a vigorous, bushy deciduous shrub growing to around 1m tall and up to 2.5m wide. It has rounded, deep reddish-purple leaves which become deep red in autumn. Small red-tinged pale yellow flowers occur in spring and are followed by glossy red berries in autumn.
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