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Japanese barberry Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Japanese barberry:

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

This plant loves full sun.

Awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society: Award of Good Merit

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.

 

 

More information on Berberis thunbergii.

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Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#light shade#shrub#purple leaves#red leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#fall interest#dwarf#summer flowers#deer damage#dappled sunlight#deer resistant#spines#Award of Good Merit#fall color red
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#light shade#shrub#purple leaves#red leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#fall interest#dwarf#summer flowers#deer damage#dappled sunlight#deer resistant#spines#Award of Good Merit#fall color red
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Berberis
    Species:
    thunbergii
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Holland
    Wildlife Value:
    Berries attract birds.
    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
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    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