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Berberis thunbergii ‘Cheal’s Scarlet

HI, does anyone know a nursery that sells Berberis thunbergii ‘Cheal’s Scarlet’? I’m looking everywhere but just can’t find it. Thanks in advance

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  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,201
    Have you Googled it? You can usually come up with a supplier that way.
  • Hi, yes I have, extensively and I can’t find it listed anywhere. RHS plant finder doesn’t have it either
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,201
    Oh dear!  Where did you hear of this variety?  It's unusual for a plant to 'disappear ' in that way. Perhaps someone more expert than I will pop up. Good luck.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,201
    Is it the same as the one listed as Japanese barberry? The names seem to be used quite freely.
  • rachelQrtJHBjbrachelQrtJHBjb South BucksPosts: 805
    I can't find it on USA sites either. There was a National Collection of berberis at Sherwood House in Devon but it's no longer listed as a collection. I even tried to find seed. 
  • There was an article on it recently in GW magazine, seems a little lax to do an article on a plant that’s not available.
    Posy, I don’t think it’s the same as Japanese barberry, it was apparently a cultivar bred at Cheal’s nursery in Crawley (according to this months GWM)
    I’ll just have to hope someone has seen it out there somewhere and sees this post.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,201
    I hope so!
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    Interesting to learn a bit about Cheal and the landscaping practice he run https://www.parksandgardens.org/people/joseph-cheal so presumably the Berberis must date from the turn of the century to the 20s which may account for the difficulty in finding it on the trade. 
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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,437
    You could try B. thun. 'Admiration' or f. atropurpurea
  • Thanks Loxley, I’ll look into them
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