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Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'

Previously known as:

  • Beerberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Crimson Pygmy'
  • Berberis thunbergii ‘Crimson Beauty’
  • Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy' ('Atropurpurea Nana')
  • Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana'
  • Berberis thunbergii 'Little Beauty'
  • Berberis thunbergii 'Little Favourite'
  • Berberis thunbergii 'Little Gem'
  • Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Crimson Pigmy'
Phonetic Spelling
ber-BER-is thun-BER-jee-eye
Description

Berberis thunbergii is the most popular barberry and the number of cultivars is vast.  In early spring, small clusters of flowers form on the undersides of the stems.  It is adorned with beautiful red berries that form in October and persist through the winter months.

'Crimson Pygmy' is the most popular form of Berberis thunbergii due to its beautiful leaves and compact mounded habit.  It is fairly pest-free, easy to grow and easy to care for. This plant is currently a popular dwarf selection.

Awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society: Award of Good Merit

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems: While not many major problems occur with this plant, be aware of the spiny stems and the following potential susceptibilities: root rots, aphids, scale, wilt, barberry webworm, anthracnose, and bacterial leaf spot.  It can be affected by powdery mildew.

 

 

More information on Berberis thunbergii.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Walkway Garden Paver Pathway
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#drought tolerant#light shade#shrub#purple leaves#red leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#fall interest#dwarf#summer flowers#deer browsing plant#dappled sunlight#deer resistant#spines#clay soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#Award of Good Merit#fall color red
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#drought tolerant#light shade#shrub#purple leaves#red leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#fall interest#dwarf#summer flowers#deer browsing plant#dappled sunlight#deer resistant#spines#clay soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#Award of Good Merit#fall color red
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Berberis
    Species:
    thunbergii
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Berries attract birds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Buffer
    Easy to Grow
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    urban conditions; heat; erosion; range of soil types, except wet; seldom damaged by deer; drought; pollution
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Spines
    Thorns
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    This plant has .2-in., red, oval berries in summer that persist into winter. Berries attract birds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    This plant has waxy, pale yellow to orange to red flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has alternate, simple, deep crimson leaves with bronze tinge. Leaves are .5 to .7 in.-long (though can reach 1.25 inches long) and can be greenish-red when grown in shade. This plant has a single spine at each node.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Some stems are brittle. Thorns are attached to the stem.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Security
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Heat
    Pollution
    Urban Conditions
    Problems:
    Problem for Children
    Spines/Thorns