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Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea Helmond Pillar



Created a unique dwarf upright column of deep purple foliage

There is nothing quite like this plant and the striking upright shape it makes. Slow growing at first, it grows into an upright column of deep purple leaves. In autumn, the leaves intensify in colour to a glowing wine red before falling. It's perfect for giving height in a small space a container or creating a focal point in a border.


Happiest in a sunny spot in any soil that's not waterlogged in winter.


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 Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering September - November
Evergreen No
Plant height 195 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 195 cm - 250 cm
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 75 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

Typically available

From March to September