Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Red Chief'
Japanese barberry 'Red Chief'
'Red Chief' is a vigorous, spiny medium-sized deciduous shrub, habit upright to spreading, with rather narrow, purple-red leaves, becoming brighter red in autumn. Flowers pale yellow, followed by deep red berries
SynonymsBerberis 'Red Chief'
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Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or South–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Berberis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with spiny shoots bearing simple, often spine-toothed leaves, and small yellow or orange flowers in axillary clusters or racemes, followed by small berries
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How to grow
Grows in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade
Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Low Maintenance
- Flower borders and beds
- Hedging and screens
Could be affected by berberis sawfly
May be subject to powdery mildews
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