Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Concorde'

dwarf purpleleaf Japanese barberry

Deciduous Shrub

Berberis thunbergii 'Concorde' is a slow-growing and compact form of barberry with burgundy foliage. This deciduous shrub is suitable to use as an edging, in mixed borders, or in containers as a foliage accent.

"Outstanding Qualities
This cultivar was selected for its small compact size and dense growth. In spring deep red-burgundy foliage emerges as small clusters of bright yellow flowers open and dangle from short spiky stems. The blooms are quickly hidden by the richly colored foliage. This barberry holds its deep color through the growing season until fall when it brightens to crimson before dropping its leaves. This is a more consistent grower with better color than the similar but inferior red pygmy barberry.

Culture Notes
This dwarf barberry prefers a location in full sun for the best foliage color. It also prefers a site with well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay. Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry weather, but prefers regular watering in sandy soils." Courtesy Great Plant Picks

Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Average, Low


Size: 18 - 36 tall x 24 - 48 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attracts Birds, Dwarf / Compact Plant, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Burgundy / Maroon

Flower Color: Yellow / Gold
Bloom Season: Spring

Fruit Description: Red

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Hedges and Screens, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Small Gardens
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water, Slug / Snail Resistant
Wildlife: Bees, Birds, Deer Resistant, Slug / Snail Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Late Spring / Early Summer, Late Summer / Early Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: front of border, mid-plane filler
Collections: Great Plant Pick, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos