Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
BERBERIS thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Crimson Pygmy'
Crimson Pygmy Barberry, Purpleleaf Japanese Barberry
This Crimson Pygmy Japanese barberry (also 'Atropurpurea Nana') is a naturally selected dwarf cultivar with bright red-purple leaves in spring maturing to a deep bronze-red. Attractive bright red fruit persists into winter. Barberry has been known to self-sow.
Thorny, but still suitable for low hedges, borders and foundation plantings, 'Crimson Pygmy' can be used in the rock garden or containers. It makes a nice accent plant around other perennials, grasses and shrubs with green foliages. A tough plant, barberry is tolerant of many types of difficult sites.
>Berberis thunbergii is sometimes considered an invasive plant particularly in the northeastern United States. It can form dense thickets in natural areas where it changes soil characteristics and displaces wildlife. For more information about the invasiveness of barberry see the National Park Service’s factsheet at http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/beth1.htm .
8 - 5
4 - 8
A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm
Spring, Late Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Yellow, Yellow Green
Red, Crimson, Dark Red
Crimson, Dark Red
Dark Red, Bronze
Red, Dark Red, Bronze
Container, Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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