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Area of origin: Japan. Introduced into Europe in 1864.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 1.5m, width up to 1.5m (4.9').
Foliage: Deciduous.
Soil Type: Avoid areas that are too wet.
Hardiness: Hardy to -30°C.
Exposure: Full sun.

Red Japanese Barberry - Berberis thunbergii 'atropurpurea'
Characteristics and Uses: The purple foliage and the red tinted yellow flowers in April and May make this shrub very interesting in the garden.  It can be planted alone but is also frequently used as a protective hedge.  This beautiful shrub conceals numerous single spines.
Other plants used for hedges compositions :
Abelia grandiflora, beautiful pinkish white blossom throughout summer.
Box Leaved Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida), beautiful foliage reminiscent of the box tree, ideal in low hedges.
Common Box (Buxus sempervirens), shiny green foliage, long life expectancy, ideal in low hedges.
Common Gorse (Ulex europaeus), abundant and fragrant blossom, ideal for defensive hedges, dislikes chalky soil.
Common Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia'), bright green foliage, white blossom in clusters, dislikes chalky soil.
Common Yew (Taxus baccata), dark green foliage, toxic red berries and foliage.
Dwarf Japanese mock orange, height up to 1m. White flowers, with the fragrance of orange blossom, dark bright green foliage, hardy to -10°C.
Eleagnus ebbingei (Elaeagnus ebbingei), extremely fragrant white flowers from September through to December, silvery green foliage.
Escallonia 'Iveyi'), fragrant white blossom from July through to September, hardy to -10°C.
Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), extremely beautiful marcescent foliage.
Japanese Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira), white flowers,  with the fragrance of orange blossom, dark bright green foliage, hardy to -10°C.
Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), evergreen foliage, white blossom from November through to April.
Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), conical shape and dense foliage, its bark smells like citronella, dislikes chalky soil.
Leyland Cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii), rapid growth, extremely hardy.
Oval Leaved Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium), white flowers in July, in panicle, semi-evergreen foliage, hardy to -30°C.
Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin', juvenile red shoots, white umbrella shaped blossom in spring, dislikes chalky soil and harsh frosts.
Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica), white blossom in June, shiny green foliage.

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Red Japanese Barberry –
Berberis thunbergii 'atropurpurea' (latin)
Red Japanese Barberry - Berberis thunbergii 'atropurpurea'
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