Purple Compact Barberry Hedge Plant Description
Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea (Purple Berberis) is compact and slow growing, so is ideal for low (ideal at up to 1m) but prickly hedges and is a very good option as a colourful alternative to Box (Buxus sempervirens hedging) - especially if you have Box blight in the garden. You can see lots of low growing hedging plants in our dedicated section.
Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea is immediately recognisable for its colourful, deep-purple leaves. Prince Charles is said to have a Purple Berberis hedge in one of the garden rooms at Highgrove! Berberis thunbergii atropupurpurea is deciduous and boasts yellow flowers in spring and orange fruits adorn its branches in late autumn. They are tough, easy to grow hedging plants which do well in virtually any soil and situation including coastal, though they do like sun or partial shade. See all of our guide to Berberis hedging plants.
For an alternative, slightly taller purple/red leafed prickly hedge, take a look at Berberis Red Leaf or, for a variegated pink/cream leaf, try Berberis Rose Glow. See also our entire range of evergreen hedging plants, hedges with berries and our hedging with colourful foliage.
Pot grown plants are available all year round. Bare roots are only available from november to late April/early May.
If a species of Berberis isn't exactly what you are looking for in a hedge, we have lots of alternatives and suggestions for all types of planting situations and feature preferences on our Choosing the Right Species page.
Youll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed next to the products below. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long youre willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
. Prices shown are the price per plant unless otherwise stated.
Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea hedge trimming should be done immediately after flowering.
is available on most orders (except Premium Products) providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Boxes (Bare roots and pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£4.99 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Pallets (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)||£60.00 delivery charge (orders up to £200 incl VAT)||Orders of £200 and over - FREE|
There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall or large plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.)Delivery Time
- Please note that delivery times are currently 3-7 days. (Some trees will be 7-14 days delivery as standard - see product pages for delivery info). We are working through existing orders as quickly as possible but can now deliver new orders within this timescale.It's Convenient
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