Berberis thunbergii f.atropurpurea 'BAGATELLE'

Berberis thunbergii f.atropurpurea
Berberis thunbergii f.atropurpurea 'BAGATELLE'
Japanese barberry
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.4m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.5m
LEAVES deciduous conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:burgundy red a green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Bagatelle is a less common dwarf variety of red-leaved dřišťálů. Its deciduous leaves have all sorts of shapes like oblong, ovate, even rounded. They emerge rich red, and if grown in full sun they turn deep burgundy red in summer and bright carmine red in autumn. New shoots are always red. Bottom leaves without much sunlight remain light green from spring till autumn. Bagatelle is very similar to Atropurpurea Nana barberry but has shorter, upright branches, and the leaf margins on red leaves are decorated with thin, light green lining.

The name itself – Bagatelle – evokes something not really worth mentioning. But this little shrub deserves more than a wrong impression from its name. Especially now, at times of fast climate changes and frequent whims of weather one likes to rely on something steady, solid, simply reliable. Which Bagatelle barberry definitely is. It has withstood all sorts of adverse conditions over the past 20 years and not once required any attention regarding healing its pains or bruises. No damage ever.

Japanese barberry tolerates most soil types provided it is well-drained, and given enough time and some initial care it can even cope with heavy clay. Grow it in full sun for best colour, yet it takes partial shade and full shade, too. It is fully hardy to min. -34°C (USDA zone 4) and suitable for growing in outdoor pots.

Last update 16-02-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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