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  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 1.2m

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Harlequin'


5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators
6 × 9cm pots £35.94 £17.97
6 × 9cm pots £35.94 £17.97
9cm pot £5.99

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow to average
  • Flowering period: April and May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

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    The reddish-purple leaves, which are heavily marbled with pink and white, are perhaps the most striking feature of this deciduous shrub. It does however also produce small, red-tinted, pale yellow flowers in mid- to late spring and later in the year, glossy red berries. It makes a great specimen plant for a well-drained sunny border and should be clipped each year in autumn or winter to keep the colouring at its best.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Where pruning is required, cut back in autumn or winter, after the appearance of the autumn fruits

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