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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


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    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 Posts: 3,601
    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 Posts: 3,601
    Is it the same as the one listed as Japanese barberry? The names seem to be used quite freely.
  • 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 Posts: 3,601
    I hope so!
  • Interesting to learn a bit about Cheal and the landscaping practice he run 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: 5,237
    You could try B. thun. 'Admiration' or f. atropurpurea
  • Thanks Loxley, I’ll look into them
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