Berberis a. Royal Cloak

Known for its upright, arching growth habit and large reddish-purple leaves.  It is a fast-growing, deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 3-5′ high and wide.  Stems have sharp thorns.  Leaves emerge red in spring but mature to dark reddish-purple.  Tiny, yellowish flowers appear from late April to early May.  Glossy bright red berries form in the fall and often last into the winter well after leaf drop. Use as a barrier plant, foundation plant or in the shrub border or small groupings in the landscape.