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Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Red Chief' (Japanese barberry 'Red Chief')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Red Chief'

Other names

Japanese barberry 'Red Chief'

Genus

Berberis Berberis

Variety or Cultivar

'Red Chief' _ 'Red Chief' is a small, upright, decidous shrub with arching branches of narrow, deep red-purple leaves, pale lemon flowers in spring and scarlet berries and leaves in autumn.


Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Red Chief' is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Small, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Maroon, Red in Summer; Bright-red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

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

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Red Chief' (Japanese barberry 'Red Chief') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in any soil in a sunny or partially shaded position - preferably sunny for best fruits and autumn colour.

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, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Red Chief'

Other names

Japanese barberry 'Red Chief'

Genus

Berberis Berberis

Variety or Cultivar

'Red Chief' _ 'Red Chief' is a small, upright, decidous shrub with arching branches of narrow, deep red-purple leaves, pale lemon flowers in spring and scarlet berries and leaves in autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Small, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Maroon, Red in Summer; Bright-red in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

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

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Red Chief' (Japanese barberry 'Red Chief') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in any soil in a sunny or partially shaded position - preferably sunny for best fruits and autumn colour.

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, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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