Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea (Japanese Red Barberry)

Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea Seeds (Japanese Red Barberry Seeds)

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Beautiful red, yellow and green foliage in Spring through Summer. The spatulate leaves are deep red-burgundy in full sun. The fall color is a brilliant crimson-red.

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Berberis thunbergii atropurpureum, the Red leaf barberry is, in nature, a small ornamental shrub reaching 3-6 feet tall, but they are also making great bonsai subjects. It is also used as a hedge, barrier or in groupings. It is native to Japan. Beautiful red, yellow and green foliage in Spring through Summer. The spatulate leaves are deep red-burgundy in full sun. The fall color is a brilliant crimson-red. The trunk easily developed. Small spines occur along the stems. Stems, branches, and roots are brittle and easily broken when bent. Flowers yellow, in late April and early May, in pendulous clusters directly from the stems. Not showy from a distance but attractive when viewed close-up. The red ellipsoid small berry-like fruits are sparse to rare on the cultivars, but often persist into the following Spring when present, but are almost never dense enough to be showy. Hardiness zones 4-8, (-32°C/-25°F,-10°C/15°F) in Winter. Grow in full sun to partial sun but not performing as well in the humidity of hotter climates. It prefers a moist, well-drained soil, but otherwise is adaptable to poor soils, various soil pHs, soil compaction, drought, and pollution. Red barberry has moderate water requirements.
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Common name Japanese Red Barberry
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Species Berberis thunbergii
Cultivar atropurpurea
Therapeutic uses No
Germination For faster germination, soak the seeds in slightly hot water for 24-48 hours, followed by 2 months cold stratification before sowing in sterile gardening soil. Keep damp soil, not soaking wet. Keep pot in warm situation 20°C/68°F, 24°C/75°F. Germination can take 2-3 months. It can be more depending on their degree of unbroken dormancy, don't give up.
Scarification / Stratification This will break their dormancy. It creates a cold and moist environment for the seeds. Mixed in seeds with slightly moistened vermiculite or peat, only damp in a ziplock bag. Close zip bag shut and store it in the salad crisper compartment of your refrigerator. If any seeds begin to sprout during the cold stratification, simply remove the seed and plant.

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