Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Harlequin'
Japanese Barberry - 3 litres
Berberis thunbergii 'Harlequin' is a popular, easy colourful small hardy shrub with leaves unfolding purple at first, becoming heavily mottled pink and turning ruby-red in autumn. Clusters of pale yellow flowers opening from maroon buds in spring are followed by shiny blood red berries. Ideal in a shrub or mixed border-looks good with Caryopteris.
Height and spread 1.5m by 1.2m (5ft x 4ft). Thrives in most well-drained soils, with best foliage colour and berrying in full sun.
Little pruning is required, but after 2 or 3 years cut a few of the oldest shoots down to the base after flowering to promote vigorous new growth.
RHS Award of Garden Merit.
British nursery grown.
|Awards||RHS Award of Garden Merit|
|Botanical name||Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea|
|British nursery grown||Y|
|Common name||Japanese Barberry|
|Flower colour||Yellow, Red|
|Foliage colour||Purple, Variegated/Patterned Pink|
|Plant type||Deciduous Shrubs|
|Season of interest||Spring, Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||2 - 5 years|
|Ultimate height||1.1m - 1.5m|
|Ultimate spread||1.1m - 1.5m|