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Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Harlequin' (Japanese barberry 'Harlequin')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
1m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Harlequin'

Other names

Japanese barberry 'Harlequin'

Genus

Berberis Berberis

Variety or Cultivar

'Harlequin' _ 'Harlequin' is a compact, upright, deciduous shrub with small, ovate, cream- and pink-splashed, dark purple and umbel-like racemes of pale yellow flowers in mid-spring followed by glossy, red fruit.


Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Harlequin' is: Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

White, Purple, Pink in Summer; Bright-red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8. This plant needs little regular pruning. However, to renovate old plants, remove the oldest stems at the base and cut back all branches to healthy young shoots in late winter.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Harlequin' (Japanese barberry 'Harlequin') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Flowering and fruiting is best in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Harlequin'

Other names

Japanese barberry 'Harlequin'

Genus

Berberis Berberis

Variety or Cultivar

'Harlequin' _ 'Harlequin' is a compact, upright, deciduous shrub with small, ovate, cream- and pink-splashed, dark purple and umbel-like racemes of pale yellow flowers in mid-spring followed by glossy, red fruit.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

White, Purple, Pink in Summer; Bright-red in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8. This plant needs little regular pruning. However, to renovate old plants, remove the oldest stems at the base and cut back all branches to healthy young shoots in late winter.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Harlequin' (Japanese barberry 'Harlequin') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Flowering and fruiting is best in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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