Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Concorde’

dwarf purpleleaf Japanese barberry

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

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.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occassional watering; regular watering in sandy soils

Seasonal Interest: rich burgundy foliage from spring through fall on a small compact shrub

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Campanula poscharskyana ‘Blue Waterfall’, Triteleia ixioides ‘Starlight’, Digitalis grandiflora, Tsuga heterophylla ‘Thorsen’s Weeping’, Pieris japonica ‘Sarabande’, Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, green, yellow

Great Color Partners: blue, orange, purple

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.