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Berberis 'Crimson Pygmy'
ENLARGE IMAGE Colorful and versatile!

Berberis 'Crimson Pygmy'

Deer proof landscape classic!
ZONE 4 ,5, 6, 7, 8
As low as $14.99
  • Easy and versatile shrub
  • Not bothered by deer!
  • Bright purple foliage looks great all summer
  • Disease resistant & drought tolerant
  • Light: full sun
  • Mature Size: 24" x 36"
  • Ship size: Starter quarts
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Berberis 'Crimson Pygmy' Description

What makes ‘Crimson Pygmy’ barberry (Berberis thunbergii) one of the most popular barberries of all time? It’s super durable, super colorful, and practically care-free! It naturally grows as a tidy dwarf mound with no need for pruning or trimming. Tiny glossy leaves create irresistible texture and their deep red color guarantees it will grab attention from spring through fall.

This highly deer resistant shrub is a very versatile landscape plant. Grow it as a groundcover, edging, or mix it in with perennials for a consistent, colorful accent that works in any sunny spot. If you’re looking for a bold statement, combine it with golden Sedum ‘Angelina’ or 'Zagreb' coreopsis; for a more subtle look, pair it with 'Blue Spruce' sedum or 'Boulder Blue' festuca.

Note: cannot be shipped to CT, IN, MA, ME, MN, NH, NY, OH, VT, WI, WV, CANADA

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'
  • Common name:
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full sun
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
  • Soil moisture:
  • Height x width:
    24" x 36"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Mid spring
  • Uses:
    Accent, Background, Container gardening, Foundation planting, Hedge plant, Ornamental, Rock Garden, Small spaces
  • Cannot ship to:
    CT, IN, MA, ME, MN, NH, NY, OH, VT, WI, WV
  • Patent #:None



Soil: Very adaptable to a wide range of soil types as long as it drains well, as it will not tolerate any standing water.  It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution.
Light: Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Average water needs.Water regularly; do not over water.
Spacing: 24-36 in.
Fertilizing: Fertilizer needs are low.
Winterizing: No specific care needed.
Maintenance & pruning: Can self sow; If you are looking for a seedless barberry, try Sunjoy Mini Maroon®. Prune for shape in late spring after bloom time.