Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea Chenault

Red Barberry

Cultivar Helmond Pillar Form

Cultivar Helmond Pillar Form

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Parent: Berberis thunbergii

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 3 to 6' tall and slightly wider

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Foliage has red or purple color but more green if in shade. Autumn color is deeper purple.


'Helmond Pillar' - upright form to 4' tall and wide - not really a pillar.


First published in Rev. Hort. (Paris) 98: 307 in 1926.

...the original plant arose in the nursery of Renault in Orleans, France about 1913, but it was not distributed until 1926. (Dirr)

'Atropurpurea' = dark purple

Now considered a synonym of Berberis thunbergii DC.

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