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Berberis thunbergii-atropurpurea 'Nana'

  • Common Name
    Dwarf Japanese Barberry
  • CA Native
  • Plant Type
  • Size
    2' x 3'
  • Flower Color
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
  • Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
  • Growth Rate
  • Hardiness
  • Adverse Growth Factors
  • Special Features
    • Attractive Berries
    • Fall Color
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This dwarf variety of Berberis has reddish puple leaves that turn to a brilliant red in fall. It received the Garden Merit Award from the Royal Horticultural Society. It makes an excellent small hedge and also adds color to a border of shrubs. Its size also makes it a good choice for rock gardens.

    Plant slightly above soil grade in soil with good drainage. Tolerates light shade but needs full sun for best foliage color development. Prune to shape after flowering, so that inner leaves do not die.

    Has no serious pests but can develop Black Spot and Verticillium Wilt if planted in a site with poor drainage and air circulation.


  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals

    B. thunbergii 'Bonanza Gold' - bright golden yellow foliage

    B. thunbergii ' Kobold' - kelly green foliage in spring, matures to dark green in late summer