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Berberis × media 'Red Jewel' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Purple in Autumn, Summer and Winter
Purple and Red in Spring

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

barberry 'Red Jewel'

Family

Berberidaceae


Berberis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with spiny shoots bearing simple, often spine-toothed leaves, and small yellow or orange flowers in axillary clusters or racemes, followed by small berries

'Red Jewel' is a small spiny semi-evergreen shrub of dense rounded habit with oval leaves, reddish-purple when young, later deeper purple. Flowers pale yellow, not showy

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews