Crimson Pygmy Barberry
Crimson Pygmy Barberry
Crimson Pygmy Barberry
Crimson Pygmy Barberry

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 1-2' tall
  • Mature Width: 2-3' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 2-3' apart


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Crimson Pygmy Barberry

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'

Regular price $84.00
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Why the Crimson Pygmy Barberry?

Super-popular… and it’s easy to see why! Crimson Pygmy Barberry adds a formal element to your landscape with its compact, rounded shape, but it also delivers a joyful burst of color. In spring, the small, round leaves emerge in hot red tones, eventually settling down to a deep burgundy. In autumn, they turn a fiery red once more before falling. Use this petite plant—a part of our Perfect Accessories program—to create color spots in your entryway garden, patio plantings, or mixed borders. Planted in a row, Crimson Pygmy also makes a sharp-looking low hedge or bed divider.

Japanese Barberry is known for its thorny branches, which make it useful for planting where you want to keep out intruders. Deer and rabbits likewise tend to leave this prickly plant alone, preferring to munch on less challenging menu items. What is really exciting about Japanese Barberry, though, is the bountiful variety of sizes, shapes, and colors it now comes in. It has come a long way from the plain green type normally found in the wild! Crimson Pygmy Barberry originated in a nursery in the Netherlands in 1942. It is still the most plentiful Japanese Barberry on the market today.

How to use in the landscape?

Crimson Pygmy Barberry naturally assumes a rounded shape, growing somewhat wider than tall. It needs very little pruning to remain tidy, but if you want to keep the plant smaller or even more perfectly shaped, you can easily shear it once or twice a year.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-8

    Mature Height: 1-2' tall

    Mature Width: 2-3' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 2-3' apart

How To Plant

Grow Crimson Pygmy Barberry in full sun to bring out its richest colors. Shade will make the leaves turn green. Choose a site where the soil drains freely, as this plant will not tolerate “wet feet.” It needs regular water during the establishment period, but will be quite drought tolerant after that. Prune as needed to keep stray branches from spoiling the tidy appearance of this formal element. Japanese Barberries have become invasive in some states. Check with your nearest extension office if you have questions about the status of Barberries in your area.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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