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Japanese Barberry 'Harlequin'

Berberis thunbergii 'Harlequin' is very attractive due to its red leaves and greyish white flecked appearance

Japanese Barberry 'Harlequin'


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Product information "Japanese Barberry 'Harlequin'"

The Japanese barberry 'Harlequin' is impressive because of its compact growth, uncomplicated nature and its beautiful, red-flecked leaves are the most striking.
It brings variety into the garden

For anyone who longs for a bit of diversity in their garden the Japanese barberry 'Harlequin' is highly recommended due to its colourful leaves. At bud break, the leaves are dark red and then change colours slowly, turning to white and grey, and the shoots themselves have an intense red colour. The red colour is more intense than in the similar variety 'Pink Queen’; however the colouring of the shoots depends on the sun exposure and can have various shades of red. The flowers are inconspicuous, but provide a source of pollen for insects. This colourful barberry does not produce fruit.
It keeps dogs and cats away

Garden friends who are versed in theatre may know this: behind the figure of Harlequin hides a wicked, but also frightening figure, who makes crude jokes. I would not go that far with the barberry 'Harlequin', but barberries sometimes torment gardeners badly. The thorns of the barberries are numerous and thin, so they sometimes penetrate deep into the flesh. But of course you should and can use such features! A front garden used by unwanted visitors, a bed where animals cannot be accepted without an invitation or the obstinate neighbour's cat...all of these problems can be solved by planting a barberry. Dogs, cats and people prefer to stay well clear of such defensive hedges.
Due to the width of up to 1.5 m and a height of up to 1 m, a dense hedge is formed with only a few plants. Of course, it is also possible to plant individually or use in a pot. 
An uncomplicated, little plant

Barberries are among other things characterised by their unpretentious nature, and the barberry 'Harlequin' is no exception. Sunny or shaded and normal garden soil: that is all that a barberry needs. Pruning is usually not necessary because of the compact growth, however a weak or strong cut is also well tolerated in case it needs to be done. If it is radically cut, this should be done in late winter; a weaker pruning can also be carried out in summer. I have to make two restrictions: barberries, like most plants, do not like waterlogging, and the colouring of the leaves is less intense when planted in a shady location.
Short description of Berberis thunbergii 'Harlequin'

Growth: Wide

Final size: 1 m high and 1.5 m wide

Flowers: Inconspicuous, April to May

Leaves: Red-flecked

Use: Solitary plant, in groups, for hedges, containers, beds

Speciality: It is an important and popular source of pollen for insects
  • Flowering Period April, May
  • Final height 40cm to 100cm
  • Final width 100cm to 160cm
  • Available March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Plant Type deciduous
  • Fragrance slightly scented
  • Use beds/borders, for containers, for wild gardens, as a structural plant, as a groundcover, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, acidic, slightly acidic
  • Location shade, partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour white
  • Leaf Colour red

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