Crimson Pygmy Barberry

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The Crimson Pygmy Japanese Barberry bush has a small, naturally round shape the needs little to no pruning. Crimson Pygmy is a dwarf version of the popular Japanese Barberry plant. It has colorful, maroon foliage, blooms and berries for season long interest. It prefers full sun and well drained soil. Crimson Pygmy is deer resistant, insect resistant, and it’s drought tolerant.

Crimson Pygmy Barberry is used to fill in small spaces. It is used for texture and color mixed in with evergreens, it’s right at home in rock gardens, or even containers. The Crimson Pygmy also makes a great low hedge.

Botanical Name:

Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea Nana’

Soil Type Adaptable, Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 2-3 Feet
Mature Width 2-3 Feet
Fall Color Red
Bloom Color Yellow
Grow Zones 4 to 8

Grow Zones 4 to 8

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8

Crimson Pygmy Barberry Frequently Asked Questions

How big does a Crimson Pygmy barbery get?

At maturity, they keep a compact, round shape that is 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.

Can a Crimson Pygmy barberry handle shady areas?

No, Crimson Pygmy, as with most barberry shrubs, prefer sunny locations. They thrive in the late summer afternoon heat when many others will wilt.

Does Crimson Pygmy lose its leaves in the winter?

A Japanese barberry, Crimson Pygmy is cold tolerant to -30 degrees. For extended cold periods, it may lose some of their outer leaves.


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