Barberry: Crimson Pygmy Latin Name: berberis thunbergii var. atropurpren 'crimson pygmy'
The Basics This densely branched deciduous shrub is the most popular barberry. Its crimson, burgundy foliage has highlights of bright red in the new growth. This compact, low-growing hedge reaches 2 feet tall(3 feet wide). Performs best as a border plant and hedge, and because of its thorns, it can be used as a barrier to deter animals.
The Needs Amount of Sunlight: Full sun Amount of Water: Water occasionally; more frequent watering in extreme heat; Drought tolerant Soil Conditions: Prefers poor, sandy, well-drained soil Cold Hardiness Zone: 4-8
The Care This low-maintenance plant needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. The first year of growth requires watering weekly. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Shear annually to maintain desired shape.