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Plant description:

This small, purple-leaved shrub is one of the most spectacular of the barberries, with pink-flushed, bronzy-purple foliage and spiny stems. Small, yellow, bell-shaped flowers are borne in clusters in early summer. It grows to 500mm. B. Thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’ is bigger, growing to 1.5m, and is useful for its brilliant purple foliage. ‘Atropurpurea Nana’ is similar to these, but low-growing, reaching only 500mm. ‘Red Chief’ grows to 1.2m and is a compact shrub with purplish-red, round leaves and red stems. All these varieties make very effective landscaping plants.


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Botanical name

Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow'

Plant Care




August September October 'Rose Glow' bears small yellow flowers in Spring. 

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‘Rose Glow’ has pink-flushed, bronze-purple foliage.

Uses in landscape design

Excellent for colour contrast in front of larger shrubs or as a low hedge. Coastal , Informal/ cottage style

Planting instructions

Planting: It is easy to grow and thrives in most garden soils. Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.Watering and feeding: Once established, it only needs watering during dry weather. Feed with a general fertiliser for flowering plants in spring and midsummer, and water in well.Pruning: Can be pruned into a low hedge.


This plant bears red berries.

August September October ‘Rose Glow’ bears small yellow flowers in Spring. 

‘Rose Glow’ has pink-flushed, bronze-purple foliage.

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