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Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Dart's Red Lady'
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Japanese barberry 'Dart's Red Lady'

'Dart's Red Lady' has dark purple foliage that turns bright red in autumn and yellow flowers in spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Purple
Summer Purple
Autumn Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Berberidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows in any soil except waterlogged. A sunny position will encourage fruiting and autumn colour

Propagation

Propagate by seed or from semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
  • Banks and slopes
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can be severely defoliated by berberis sawfly

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews

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