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Japanese Barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana'

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana'

Also known as

Dwarf Purple Barberry

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Japanese Barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana'
A close up of the purple leaves of Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana'.

Japanese Barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana' Overview

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana' is a dwarf, bushy, spiny, deciduous shrub that produces a striking leaf colour. Its oval leaves emerge purple-red, becoming fiery red as they head into autumn. 'Nana' also produces small, red-tinted, yellow flowers in spring/summer, that develop into crimson berries in autumn. Also known as 'Dwarf Purple Barberry' - among other names - this robust, compact Berberis grows well in full sun or partial shade and is tolerant of most soils, as long as they are well-drained. Low maintenance and only requiring a light prune and removal of diseased/damaged wood in spring, it makes an excellent low-growing hedge that can be clipped to shape. It is also suitable for most styles of borders and container planting, and can often be seen growing in coastal areas. Ideal for smaller gardens. This cultivar has earned a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants that support pollinator populations by providing ample nectar and pollen. An excellent choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden! Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana' (PBR) is protected under intellectual property laws by Plant Breeders' Rights. These provide the breeder of new plants exclusive control over the plant material for a set amount of time.

Common problems with Japanese Barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana'

How to propagate Japanese Barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana'


Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.


Special features of Japanese Barberry 'Atropurpurea Nana'

Hedge plant

Attractive leaves

Ground cover

Autumn colour

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attracts birds