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Crimson Pygmy Barberry

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*Availability Status: Winter dormancy - Estimated avail spring 2016
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 6" - 8" tall / Quart Sized Rootballs

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Our Price : $5.50

Product Code: BARPYG1

Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Crimson Pygmy'

Overall Description

Smaller, dwarf version of the original Red Barberry. Nice dark blood red leaves keep their color all the way from spring till frost. Has a neat, compact, round growth habit. Makes an excellent foreground plant, or for use as a smaller, lower growing border / edging planting. Makes a great little low growing "barbed fence" when planted in hedge type applications ( approx 2 - 3 ft apart ). Maintains a generally rounded, globe shape naturally, but looks especially nice & neat if kept trimmed throughout the growing season. Burgundy red color is best displayed in full sun planting locations....will fade to green with touches of burgundy in shady spots, or locations with less than adequate sun exposure. Fall color is more of a bright red than burgundy, with leaves eventually falling off in late fall - exact timing will vary depending on just what part of the country you are in.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height:
24" - 30"

--Mature Width:
24" - 30"

--Growth rate:
Slow to moderate ( 4" - 6" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones
4 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )

--Sun Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade - best burgundy color in full sun.

--Soil Preference:
Average, slightly moist - well drained. Mulching recommended twice per year.

--Foliage Color & Texture:
Small rounded leaves with good dark burgundy color in sunny locations. Inner portions of the plant will have a green foliage, with the outer, more sun exposed areas being burgundy colored. Fall color is bright red. Branches are generously covered in very sharp, spiny barbs.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Small white flowers can be observed in little clusters beginning in early April, and lasting well through the end of May. Exact flowering time will vary, depending on your area of the country - the warmer your climate, the earlier you will see them. Small 1/4" long bright red, oval shaped seed pods can be easily seen on Crimson Pygmy Barberry in late fall, after the leaves have dropped. Each bright red seed pod has one seed in it, and will remain on the shrub throughout the winter....giving it a very nice winter appearance as well.

--Diseases / Insects:
Usually barberries have little or no trouble at all under normal landscape conditions, but some of the possible noted pests / diseases that could be encountered are: Bacterial leaf spot, anthracnose, root rots, rusts (Japanese Barberry is not susceptible), wilt, barberry aphid, barberry webworm, and possibly scale.

--Fertilization / Feeding: Either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular all purpose tree & shrub fertilizer is recommended for regular maintenance type feedings. Other granular types with 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio is acceptable. Best to begin a regular scheduled feeding / fertilizing schedule in very early spring ( upon discovering new bud break ), and to continue regular weekly feedings through the entire spring season, up until early summer - avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. Another shorter feeding schedule can be resumed again in very late summer through mid fall if desired to give the plants another quick burst of nutrition, but usually not necessary.

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