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Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'

Common Name:
Dwarf Japanese barberry
Plant Type:
Deciduous shrub
Berberidaceae (The Barberry Family)
Geographic Origin:
Japan and East Asia
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Pale yellow
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Popular dwarf barberry has deep purplish red leaves and grows to about 2 feet high. Stiff stems hold oval leaves and sharp spines. Clusters of small yellow flowers dot the plants in summer. Useful as a low hedge. Best in full sun or light shade and most soils, with moderate to occasional watering when established.