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Berberis Purple

Berberis Purple (Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea) is a medium sized evergreen hedge that produces beautiful, delicate yellow flowers in spring that turn into glossy red berries come autumn. The leaves of the Berberis Purple are a purpley green colour during spring, turning   to a dark plum, purple colour in the summer. During the autumn the leaves turn into the most gorgeous shade of red.

It makes for an excellent border and security hedge due to its thorns. It works well and looks really good when planted with the Berberis Green hedge, providing you with a strikingly handsome hedge with the green and purple coloured leaves intertwining with one another.

It likes to be planted in any soil, making this hedge one that is suited to nearly every site imaginable, including those that have pollution, times of drought and even wandering deer. The only site it won’t survive in are waterlogged sites, due to a poor drainage system.

Like its counterparts, it is best to prune the Berberis Purple in the late spring, once it has flowered. You can expect this hedge to grow on average up to one foot a year. It is a really easy plant to look after and prefers to be in full sunlight, thus helping to maximise the full potential for those beautiful purple leaves.

As well as keeping intruders at bay, it provides you with a stunning ornamental hedge to admire and also provides food for wildlife - especially birds. We would recommend for these hedges to be planted eighteen inches apart to provide you with that thick, dense and impassable hedge you require.

For more information on our wide and varied selection of Berberis Purple plants or any of our other hedging varieties, contact our specialist team members for more information. 
BERBERIS PURPLE. Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea. 30/40cm (12/16in)
BERBERIS PURPLE Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea
30/40cm (12/16in) Bare Root 2 year old
Recommended plants per metre = 4
price NOW from £0.67 (£0.80 inc vat)
3 or more1.64(£1.97)10 or more0.89(£1.07)
50 or more0.77(£0.92)250 or more0.67(£0.80)

BERBERIS PURPLE. Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea. 40/60cm (16/24in)
BERBERIS PURPLE Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea
40/60cm (16/24in) Bare Root 2 year old
Recommended plants per metre = 3
price NOW from £0.82 (£0.98 inc vat)
3 or more1.87(£2.24)10 or more1.08(£1.30)
50 or more0.94(£1.13)250 or more0.82(£0.98)
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BERBERIS PURPLE. Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea. 60/90cm (2-3ft)
BERBERIS PURPLE Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea
60/90cm (2-3ft) Bare Root 3 year old
Recommended plants per metre = 2
price NOW from £1.19 (£1.43 inc vat)
3 or more2.69(£3.23)10 or more1.49(£1.79)
50 or more1.37(£1.64)250 or more1.19(£1.43)
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Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea or Purple Berberis forms a dense prickly barrier and is one of the best shrubs for a smaller security hedge, either on its own or mixed with Green Berberis. The rounded leaves emerge greenish purple in spring before turning rich purple during the summer and brilliant red before falling in autumn. Small orange yellow flowers appear in spring and develop into elongated glossy red ?Barberries? in autumn that appear to drop from the prickly branches complementing the red foliage. This is one of the best deciduous shrubs for autumn colour.

Like other Berberis, Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea is easily grown in any soil that does not become waterlogged. The most difficult part of growing a Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea hedge is planting it, thick gloves are essential! It will grow successfully on windy exposed sites and in shade.

Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea hedges make excellent intruder proof barriers and can be maintained easily by trimming in late spring after flowering. In reasonable soil Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea will grow up to 30cm (1ft) per year.

We recommend Purple Berberis hedges are planted 45cm (18ins) apart this will produce a dense prickly boundary hedge that acts as a formidable barrier.

We will supply full cultural instructions with your order. We strongly recommend Rootgrow and Bonemeal to help establish newly planted trees, these may found on the left hand menu.

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