Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Crimson Pygmy'
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.
--Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.
--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.