Plant ID forum: What kind of bush is this?

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Northern CA.
w6gpm
Jun 8, 2017 2:26 PM CST
I'm interested in getting some of these but don't know what their name is. There'r about 4 years old and about 2' high. They stay this color all year. I'm in northern CA.

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Silversurfer
Jun 8, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Looks like Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Nana'
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Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jun 8, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Does it have thorns? Barberry?
Porkpal
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jun 8, 2017 2:44 PM CST
I was thinking the same thing, Berberis (barberry), but they apparently stay the same colour all year. I was thinking that would make them evergreen which wouldn't fit but maybe w6gpm means all the growing season, not that they aren't deciduous?
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islander
Jun 8, 2017 3:05 PM CST
I agree with Silversurfer.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jun 8, 2017 6:15 PM CST
A red leafed barberry is "evergreen" (!) here, but I remember barberries losing their leaves in New England.
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 8, 2017 6:22 PM CST
Mine said evergreen on the tag, it holds its leaves up until January or so and then they go. I think in a warmer zone they would stay. They do come back early though. there are all differnt colors of these, lime, red, burgundy, variegated, orange-ish.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jun 8, 2017 6:33 PM CST
Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana' is listed as deciduous in the NGA database. I do have a vague recollection that B. thunbergii might not have been when I lived in a milder winter climate than here. Berberis thunbergii of some kind is certainly what the ID plant looks like.

Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana')
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DaisyI
Jun 8, 2017 8:19 PM CST
My Barberries lose most of their leaves in the winter here but have those little bright red seed pods.

@w6gpm, We need closer photos of the leaves. And also, does this plant have thorns?
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Northern CA.
w6gpm
Jun 10, 2017 11:20 AM CST
You people good! I googled "Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea nana" and I'm sure that's what it is. No it doesn't have thorns. Thank you all. Thank You!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jun 10, 2017 11:25 AM CST
w6gpm said:You people good! I googled "Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea nana" and I'm sure that's what it is. No it doesn't have thorns. Thank you all. Thank You!


Are you certain it's not spiny/thorny? If that's what it is, it should be prickly.

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crawgarden
Jun 10, 2017 12:12 PM CST
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Northern CA.
w6gpm
Jun 10, 2017 4:39 PM CST
Whoops!!! I looked closer at the plant and it does have small thorns. Not prickly, kinda soft.
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 10, 2017 5:02 PM CST
the thorns on the older growth down further on the stems will have more woody thorns. They are softer when they first form/grow
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jun 10, 2017 6:11 PM CST
Yup. That photo probably would have gotten you an instant ID.
Porkpal
Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
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Silversurfer
Jun 11, 2017 2:53 AM CST
Excellent.
Lovely clear new pics....thanks w6gpm.

Err porkpal the very first pic gave an instant id!
New pics just prove the answer was correct.
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