Pot Size: 9cm
Plant Height (Inc. Pot): 15-25cm
Characteristics: Deciduous shrubs, compact and upright habit, tiny pale-yellow flowers, ovate pinkish-red leaves, red berries in autumn, suitable for hedges and barriers
Growth & Spread: Height 0.9m - 1.2m, Spread 0.9m - 1.2m
Flourishing Season: Flourishes all-round the year, flowers in Apr - May, berries in autumn
Water & Maintenance: Average watering required, low maintenance shrubs
Berberis thunbergii Harlequin is a striking Japanese Barberry shrub that produces very unusual foliage colours throughout the summer. It is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with compact and upright growing habit. It features pink-red and green leaves that appear very ornamental and will brighten up any dull corners in your garden. Its thorny stems make it perfect for use in hedging to keep any intruders away.
Japanese Barberry is a dense shrub that carries multi-seasonal interest. In the spring season, small inconspicuous yellow flowers emerge, that are followed by beautiful ovate purple leaves with a greenish centre and marble-like patches of pinkish-red colours. These leaves develop a deeper tone of red in autumn. Around the same time, glossy and bright red berries will create a vibrant display with the leaves.
Berberis Harlequin prefers full sunlight but does well even in partial shade. It is a tough and drought tolerant bush that needs average watering when planted in well-drained soil. It can adapt to different soil conditions except for the wet ones.
As the plant matures, it develops great tolerance to city pollution. It does not demand any special fertilizer or care in winter when its leaves will fall, showing its naked spiny arching branches. Pruning Japanese Barberry is easy in winters and is required to keep its shape and size in control.
Berberis Harlequin is a great specimen plant for a sunny border. Use them in front of a border or along a fence in a lawn. It forms a perfect barrier or hedge. Its bold and eye-catching foliage will add distinct ornamental value to your garden.
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