Berberis vulgaris L. var. atropurpurea

See Berberis vulgaris L. for description of the species.  Atropurpurea is a shrub with deep purple foliage which contrasts strikingly with the nodding racemes of yellow flowers.  [RHSD, Hilliers’, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

B. vulgaris purpurea.  Purple leaved. Leaves dark purple.  On this account it is very ornamental.’  [Fuller – The Small Fruit Culturist p.27/1914].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.144/1857].


Published Feb 24, 2010 - 03:33 PM | Last updated Feb 24, 2010 - 03:35 PM

More details about Berberis vulgaris L. var. atropurpurea
Family Berberidaceae
Region of origin

Europe including Britain

  • Berberis purpurifolia Hort.
  • Berberis purpurea Raf. 
Common Name

Purple-leafed barberry

Name in the Camden Park Record

Berberis atropurpurea 

Confidence level high