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Crimson Pygmy Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana'

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Crimson Pygmy Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana'

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Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana'

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The Crimson Pygmy Japanese Barberry is a fantastic foliage plant for any garden. It has leaves of a solid purple-red color that really bring richness to your planting. Use it for all-season color effects with other shrubs and flowers, and this is such a tough plant that it needs no special care to thrive almost anywhere. Use it in groups to fill areas of the foundation plantings around your house, or plant it in the front of larger shrubs. It is compact enough to use in large pots and planter boxes too, to make a low boundary hedge along a drive, or to separate one part of your garden from another. From spring to fall you will love the dense, rich color of this shrub and how it makes your garden beds look so much more exciting.

  • Stunning purple-red foliage all season long
  • Compact form fits in anywhere
  • Grows well even in poor and dry soils
  • Deer-proof and free of pests or diseases
  • Hardy to minus 30 degrees

Plant your Crimson Pygmy Japanese Barberry in a sunny or partially-shaded spot in any kind of soil, from sand to clay. Once established it is drought-resistant, free of pests and diseases and even deer-proof. It is also hardy to minus 30 degrees, so in colder areas this is a great way to add rich color from spring to fall, without the chore of planting flowers every year. Used with other colored foliage plants it will really help you create a rich, exciting garden picture with no effort at all.

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