Magnify glass

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea Admiration



Low growing shrub with dazzling red foliage

This is a little treasure for the front of a border or container - perfect for small spaces. This neat Barberry has a long season of interest from spring through to winter, the bright red new leaves have a golden-yellow edge. Pinkish yellow flowers are borne in early summer and the leaves turn deep red in autumn before they fall to reveal a delicate twiggy silhouette through winter.


Easy to please in sun or partial shade and any garden soil, perfect for a container too.


Water well until established. Use good quality loam based compost for containers.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Check store availability

Berberis admiration 3 l £9.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From March to September