A very attractive shrub with ovate purple-red leaves tinged with pink and cream on spiny stems. Its pale yellow flowers in spring are tinged with red and followed by dark red glossy berries. In autumn the leaves turn a stunning scarlet red before dropping for the winter. A bright addition to the garden, happy in most sunny or part shaded position. Easy, Hardy. Height up to 1 metre. Can be used as a low hedge, or a specimen shrub. Works well in cottage, formal or coastal gardens. Grows in any fertile, well drained soils.
- Position: Full sun/part shade
- Soil: Any fertile, well drained soil
- Eventual Size: 1 metre
- Habit: Bushy
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Foliage Colour: Purple/red, pinky/cream
- Flower: Yellow
- Fruit: Red
- Hardiness: Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)
- Common Names: Japanese barberry 'Harlequin'
Add good quality compost to existing soil when planting, top mulch in the autumn. Prune in late spring or autumn if required.
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Lesley on 22 Feb 2018
Just to let you know my shrubs arrived yesterday and while one container was severely damaged, when I opened it up, the shrubs were not at all damaged and I am really pleased with all of them so far. I am really looking forward to completing my woodland and shrubbery garden this year. Once my shrubs begin to grow, I will send you some photos later on. Meanwhile many thanks for your excellent service and healthy plants. I may well be ordering more from you later.