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comparing Barberry 'Royal Burgundy' to 'Concorde'

Posted by wendyb 5A/MA (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 12, 14 at 13:36

Has anyone grown both of these to compare habit, color etc.

I have grown Royal Burgundy and liked it a lot, but it isn't sold anymore and I have moved and am doing a new bed where it would be great.

However, I just saw 'Concorde' for sale and it looks cute too. Maybe a little stiffer? I could possibly get a Royal Burgundy transplant from a friend. I gave her a section of mine years ago and she doesn't have a good spot for it. It has struggled at her place so she offerred it back to me for my new place. It's a good price :-), but unpleasant to transplant.


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RE: comparing Barberry 'Royal Burgundy' to 'Concorde'

Royal Burgundy still sold around here so the plant IS available but perhaps just not in your area? It is an "improved" form of Crimson Pygmy, so a larger and looser plant overall than Concorde.

RB - 2'x3'
C - 18" mound


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RE: comparing Barberry 'Royal Burgundy' to 'Concorde'

  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 12, 14 at 20:16

I thought is got its name for its leaf color....deep purple vs. a reddish purple of Royal Burgundy. Both are nice and are distinct in color IMO.


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RE: comparing Barberry 'Royal Burgundy' to 'Concorde'

Ah yes, interesting point. I wanted it to complement a Physocarpus that is nearby, but I don't know which cultivar it was. Looks like the Physocarpus goes with Royal Burgundy in June and Concorde in October. I suspect the berberis varies with the seasons too.

June:

October:

I should probably go with Royal Burgundy for better match in season, plus its the larger one for more substance and it's more mature. and free :-) Not that the color has to be dead on, but as long as I have the choice...


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