Red Leaf Barberry

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Extraordinary Foliage Color Red Leaf Barberry

  • Scintillating Deep Crimson Foliage
  • Vibrant Accent All Through the Growing Season
  • Leaves Turn a Rich Red with Golden Overtones for Fall Color
  • Densely Mounded Shrub
  • Graceful Branches Arch Up and Out
  • Thorns Make This a Great Barrier Hedge
  • Small Yellow Flowers and Red Berries
  • Birds Love These Beautiful Shrubs
  • Nature Hills Follows Every Federal and State Regulations for Plant Material
  • Only Shipped into Compliant Areas
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Deer and Disease Resistant

Oh, if you can safely grow these delightfully colorful shrubs in your communitythere is nothing like their lovely depth of color. Type in your zip code in our Zone Finder, located above the Plant Highlights to find out.

Beautiful Red Leaf Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea') is flat-out gorgeous. The foliage itself is shaped like a tiny, rounded teardrop.The longer you look at this shrub, the more it seems to simply glow from within.

Very small yellow flowers develop into red berries in fall. Birds love them, and in some areas, Red Leaf Barberry performs "too well."

We follow all federal and state regulations to the letter. In fact, we've invested in the Green Industry's premier online regulation software, Plant Sentry. That system blocks shipment of all invasive plant material.

Have no fear when placing orders for professional-grade plant materials from Nature Hills. We've got you covered.

In the right setting, these amazing accent shrubs work hard at being beautiful. Use a long row of them as a fantastic hedge.

Thorns are located along the branches, so you'll be able to direct traffic and protect your property with this variety. Red Leaf Barberry makes a great deterrent under windows and at your property line.

Living fences are less expensive than hardscape, and they have the advantage of providing shelter for local songbirds.

The leaves intensify into deep red with a golden overcast in the fall. Barberries have an inner fire that can be a bit mesmerizing, if you take the time to look closely. This could be one of the prettiest foliage plants available.

You'll certainly appreciate the care taken by our expert growers. Order Red Leaf Barberry from Nature Hills today.

How to Use Red Leaf Barberry in the Landscape

You'll see these used to punctuate points of transition in the landscape. Add one at the corner of your house, or repeat several along a curved or serpentine garden border.

If you are on a corner lot, you'll know that the struggle is real. This plant tells the neighborhood to "stay off the grass", but in a handsome way.

Add them as a colorful hedge to jazz up the visual impact of mature evergreens or windbreaks. Create a solid screen by planting them two and a half feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Deer don't seem to like the experience of nibbling on Barberry. Use this as a barrier around your Victory Garden to keep the deer away.

Use these low-maintenance shrubs in commercial landscapes, too. That bold color will certainly catch the eye of passersby. Just ensure you give at least five feet of room away from the sidewalk.

Underplant these with the DAZZLEBERRY Sedum line. You'll love the complementary colors, and the contrasting form.

These plants work so well with Roses, Ornamental Grasses, Black Eyed Susan, Yucca Filamentosa and smaller shrubs like Spirea. To be frank, just about any plant can partner with this one.

A Bird's Nest Spruce looks wonderful planted in front, and slightly to one side of a Red Leaf Barberry. Add decorative river rock mulch underneath and presto, you'll have an instant garden focal point.

Let your imagination run with these unique plants. They'll help you maximize the curb appeal of your home, business or both.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Barberries develop the best color in full sun and well-drained soils for best results. The color just won't be as bright in partially shaded locations.

Pruning in late winter is only required to change its shape or overall size. Wear thick, leather gloves before working with Barberry.

In early spring, use a fertilizer formula for acid-loving plants according to label directions. Add a thick layer of pine bark or pine straw mulch over the root system, which will also help keep the soil slightly acidic.

Water it well after you unbox it. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to the last few inches of backfill soil to encourage roots with symbiotic, beneficial ingredients. It will help your plant access water and micronutrients over the whole lifespan.

We recommend you use the "Finger Test" while your plant is young. Poke your finger into the soil near the plant.

Does the soil feel moist? Skip watering, and check again tomorrow. Is the soil starting to get dry? Drag the hose out and saturate the area.

Keep your plant watered during each summertime. As you head into fall, give them a long drink before the cold winter sets in.

Youll love the outstanding performance and amazing foliage color of Red Leaf Barberry. If we can ship into your area, order them today from Nature Hills today.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Red Leaf Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 feet
Mature Spread 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No