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Berberis thunbergii

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This is B. t. var. atropurpurea.

Author: Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, 1821
Family:  Berberidaceae
Habitat:   Japan
Soil:   Peat
Water:   Medium
Sun:   Medium-Maximum
Height:  2,5 metres
Flower:   Yellow
Propagate:   Seeds/Cuttings
Names:   Japanese Barberry, Thunberg's Barberry, Red Barberry
Synonyms:  Berberis vulgaris, Linnaeus 1753

This member of the Berberidaceae family was given this name by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle in 1821. It is found in the mountains of Japan, growing in a moist but well drained soil with some to lots of light. The stem can grow to seven centimetres, the whole plant can reach 2,5 meters in height. The flowers are rather small, light yellow, and the fruits which contains one seed are bright red. It can easily be reproduced by both cuttings and seeds, and are tolerant to a wide range of habitats.

 It can be found as a garden plant in North America, Europe and northern Asia.

Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea is a natural occurring variation with read leaves, especially in spring.