Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Crimson Pygmy'

Crimson Pygmy Barberry



Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Berberis

Parent: Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 6 to 8

Size: 1.5 to 2' tall, 2.5 to 3' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Crimson leaves. rounded compact form.


= 'Atropurpurea Nana'

Raised in Boskoop, Netherlands by Van Eyck in 1942. RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1969.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant in June 2010 and planted it near the bluebird house in the back. It immediately dropped leaves and exhibited signs of drought stress so I potted it up and put it in a more shady spot through the summer, watering well. I planted it again in the same place in the autumn and it seems to be getting established.

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