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Berberis 'Maja'

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Maja'

Also known as

Barberry 'Maja', Berberis thunbergii Coral 'Maja', Japanese Barberry 'Maja', Purple Japanese Barberry

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Berberis 'Maja' Overview

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Maja' is often known as just Berberis 'Maja'. This plant is a deciduous shrub cultivar from the Berberidaceae family. This bushy plant produces spiny shoots and spine-toothed, rounded, red-purple foliage which displays impressive autumn colouration, turning to a deep red colour. Commonly known by the names Berberis Maja and Japanese Barberry 'Maja'. It produces small yellow blooms which may have red flushing, appearing in the spring, they develop into shiny red berry fruits. There is a possibility that it is the same plant as Berberis 'Maria'.

Common problems with Berberis 'Maja'

How to propagate Berberis 'Maja'


Semi-ripe cuttings can be taken during midsummer to autumn. Once you have taken the cuttings that you need dip them into a hormone rooting compound to help encourage rooting. They should be kept in the cold frame to protect them over winter. These can have a low success rate so do not be disappointed if you are unsuccessful.

Special features of Berberis 'Maja'

Attracts bees

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Hedge plant

Other uses of Berberis 'Maja'

Border, hedging, edging, foliage, ornamental, fruit